The National Savings Schemes (NSSs) are one of the very popular saving schemes in India. These are regulated by the Ministry of Finance. They offer complete security of investment combined with attractive returns.
These schemes also act as instruments of financial inclusion especially in the geographically inaccessible areas due to their implementation primarily through the Post Offices, which have reach far and wide.
It is estimated that nearly $137 billion or over Rs. 9 lakh crore are currently tied up in small savings schemes.
Some of the very popular schemes which fall under NSS are as below
- PPF (Public Provident Fund)
- Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme
- Monthly Income Scheme
- Senior Citizen Savings Scheme
- KVP (Kisan Vikas Patra)
- NSC (National Savings Certificate)
- Time Deposits &
- Recurring Deposits
Small Saving Schemes Interest Rates 2016 – New norms w.e.f. April 2016
- As per the current norms, the interest rates of these small saving schemes are linked to the yield of government bonds of comparable maturity (with a small mark-up) and are revised once a year. Mark-up here refers to ‘Spread’.
For example : The interest rate on PPF has a mark-up of 25 basis points over and above the G-Sec rate (Govt Bonds rate). So, if comparable maturity G-sec rate is say 8.5% then the interest rate on PPF will be determined as 8.75%. (One Basis Point is equivalent to 0.01%)
- The government has decided to revise Small Saving Schemes Interest Rates on a Quarterly basis starting from 1st April, 2016.
- The rates of interest applicable on various small savings schemes for the quarter from April to June 2016 effective from 1.4.2016 would be notified on 15th March, 2016.
- The saving schemes like Sukanya Samriddhi, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and Monthly Income Scheme enjoy ‘spreads’ over the G-sec rate of comparable maturity viz., of 75 basis points (0.75%), 100 bps (1%) and 25 bps respectively. These mark-ups / spreads have been left untouched by the Government.
- Similarly the spread of 25 basis pointss that long term instruments, such as the 5 yr Term Deposit, 5 year National Saving Certificates (NSC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF) currently enjoy over G-Sec of comparable maturity, have been left untouched.
- The 25 bps (0.25%) spread that 1 year, 2 year and 3 year Term Deposits, KVPs and 5 yr Recurring Deposits have over comparable tenure Government securities, shall stand removed w.e.f. April 1, 2016 to make them closer in interest rates to the similar instruments offered by the banking sector.
- The interest rates on a 10 year National Saving Certificate (discontinued since 20-12-2015), 5 year National Saving Certificate and Kisan Vikas Patra is compounded on half-yearly basis. This shall be done on an annual basis from 1st April, 2016.
- Premature closure of PPF accounts shall be permitted in genuine cases, such as cases of serious ailment, higher education of children etc,. This shall be permitted with a penalty of 1% reduction in interest payable on the whole deposit and only for the accounts having completed five years from the date of opening.
Small Savings Schemes Revised Interest Rates for the quarter from January 2017 to March 2017
The rates of interest applicable on various small savings schemes for the quarter from Jan to Mar 2017 effective from 1.1.2017 would be as below;
- The new rate of Interest on Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme (SSA ) is 8.5%.
- The new rate of Interest on PPF (Public Provident Fund) would be 8%.
- The interest rate on Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) is 8.5%.
- New interest rate on Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) would be 7.7%.
- The rate of interest on 5 year National Savings Certificate (NSC) is 8%.
- New interest rate on post office MIS (Monthly Income Scheme) is 7.7%.
- The rate of interest on a 5 year Post Office RD (Recurring Deposit) would be 7.3%.
Latest News (22-Nov-2016) : Old High Denomination Notes (500 & 1000) can not be deposited in Small Savings Schemes offered by Post Offices & Banks.
Latest News (31-Dec-2016) : To protect senior citizens from falling interest rates, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Saturday said that they would be given guaranteed interest rate of 8 % on deposits up to Rs. 7.5 lakh. The provision of special interest for senior citizens (those above 60 years of age) will be applicable for 10 years, and the interest will be paid on a monthly basis.
(Reference : PIB)