SECTION 80C OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT, 1961 – DEDUCTIONS – LIFE INSURANCE PREMIA, CONTRIBUTION TO PROVIDENT FUND, ETC. – MODIFICATION IN PPF SCHEME – DEPOSIT LIMIT RAISED FROM RS. 70,000 TO RS. ONE LAKH WHILE RATE OF INTEREST ON ADVANCES AGAINST DEPOSITS IN PPF SCHEME RAISED FROM 1 PER CENT TO 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS
PRESS RELEASE, DATED 6-9-2011
The Committee on Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) headed by Deputy Governor, RBI has recommended revision of certain provisions of PPF Scheme, 1968 and benchmarking of interest rates on various small savings schemes with the secondary market yields on Central Government securities of comparable maturities with suitable spread.
The Committee has recommended increasing the deposit limit under PPF Scheme from existing Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per annum and fixing of rate of interest on advances against deposits in PPF scheme at 2 percentage points as against the prevailing interest rate on such advances at 1 per cent.
The Committee has further recommended benchmarking interest rate on small saving schemes to interest rate on Government securities of similar maturities with a positive spread of 25 basis points on all schemes except for 50 basis points for 10 year NSC and 100 basis point for Senior citizens Savings Scheme. Recommendations of the Committee have been referred to State Governments and concerned Ministries/Departments of Central Government for their comments.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance Shri Namo Narain Meena in a written reply to a question raised in Rajya Sabha today.