The Centre has raised interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, by up to 0.4% for the October-December quarter, in line with rising deposit rates in the banks, according to a report.
The Finance Ministry said the rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the third quarter of financial year 2018-19, starting October 1 and ending on December 31, 2018, has been revised. Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis.
The recurring deposit Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been raised to 7.8, 7.3 and 8.7%, respectively. Interest on savings deposits has been retained at 4%, annually.
Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will fetch annual interest rate of 8% as compared to current 7.6%, while the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will yield 7.7%and mature in 112 months as against 118 months in the previous quarter.
The girl child savings scheme Sukanya Samriddhi account will earn higher interest rate of 8.5% rate, 0.4% more than the current rate. Term deposits of one-three years will fetch 0.3% higher interest rate.
While announcing the quarterly setting of interest rates in 2016, the Finance Ministry had said rates of small savings schemes would be linked to government bond yields. The move is expected to see banks lowering their deposit rates in line with the small savings rate offered by the government.
(With PTI inputs)