Small savings set to fetch lower interest
NEW DELHI: The interest earned on a range of state-run saving schemes including the public provident fund will be linked to market rates that will be revised every quarter, the finance ministry said on Thursday.
The new system, effective from April 1, could result in lower interest rates earned on these schemes given that market rates move in tandem with government bond rates that are currently on a downward trend.
Dedicated schemes for the elderly and girl children — the senior citizens saving scheme (SCSS) and the recently launched Sukyana Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) — will, however, be governed by the existing system of interest rates fixed yearly.
HT first reported on January 21 that these two schemes will be exempted from market-linked interest rates.
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