Interest rates on PPF, NSC slashed

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Interest rates on PPF, NSC slashed
The Finance Ministry to cut interest rates on PPF (Public Provident Fund) by 0.1 per cent to 8.7 per cent.

Interest rate on five-year NSC (National Savings Certificate) was also slashed to 8.5 per cent from 8.6 per cent and on 10-year NSC to 8.8 per cent from 8.9 per cent.

However, interest rates on savings deposit and one-year time deposit was left unchanged. The rates will be effective from April 1, 2013.

Based on the decisions taken by the Government on the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), the interest rates for small saving schemes are to be notified every financial year, before 1st April of that year.

A Public Provident Fund(PPF) account is the most tax efficient vehicle launched by government of India. Investments made under this are deductible under Section 80C and interest earned is also tax-free.

Click to know why should you have a PPF Account?

Scheme Rate of Interest w.e.f. 01.04.2012 Rate of Interest w.e.f. 01.04.2013
Savings Deposit 4.0 4.0
1 Year Time Deposit 8.2 8.2
2 Year Time Deposit 8.3 8.2
3 Year Time Deposit 8.4 8.3
5 Year Time Deposit 8.5 8.4
5 Year Recurring Deposit 8.4 8.3
5 Year SCSS 9.3 9.2
5 Year MIS 8.5 8.4
5 Year NSC 8.6 8.5
10 Year NSC 8.9 8.8
PPF 8.8 8.7

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Story first published: Monday, March 25, 2013, 14:13 [IST]
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