The government has decided to keep the interest rates for small savings schemes unchanged for January 2022 to March 2022 quarter, the seventh in a row. The last revision in small savings rates was for April-June 2020. This was announced by the finance ministry via a circular dated 31, December 2021.
Thus, the interest in the small savings scheme for the quarter of January 2022 to March 2022, remains unchanged for the basket comprising of 12 small savings instruments including the National Saving Certificate (NSC), Public Provident Fund (PPF), Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), and Sukanya Samridihi Scheme will be the same as the previous quarter of October 2021 to December 2021
The present rate of interest and previous to last change of interest on Small savings /Post office saving instruments:
|Scheme||Rate of interest for January 2022 to March 2022||Rate of interest from Jan2020 to March 2020||Interest compounded|
|Savings account||4.00%||4.00%||Annual rest|
|1-year time deposit||5.50%||6.90%||Quarterly rest|
|2-years time deposit||5.50%||6.90%||Quarterly rest|
|3-years time deposit||5.50%||6.90%||Quarterly rest|
|5-years time deposit||6.70%||7.70%||Quarterly rest|
|5-years Recurring Deposit||5.80%||7.20%||Quarterly rest|
|5yearsr Senior Citizen Saving Scheme||7.40%||8.60%||Interest paid quarterly, Quarterly rest|
|5- years Monthly Income Account Scheme||6.60%||7.60%||Interest paid monthly,|
|5 -years NSC||6.80 %||7.90 %||Annual rest|
|PPF (Public Provident Fund)||7.10%||7.90%||Annual rest|
|KVP (Kisan Vikas Patra)||6.90 %(matures 124 months)||7.60 %(matures 113 months)||Annual rest|
|Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme||7.60%||8.40%||Annual rest|
The government resets the interest rate at the beginning of every quarter since 2016 based on yields of government securities of the corresponding maturity with some spread on the scheme for senior citizens, as advised by the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. The Economic Survey had earlier suggested that the interest rates on the small savings schemes be reduced to bring them in consonance with the interest rates prevailing in the economy, as the Yields on dated Government Securities (G-Secs) are continuously on the decline. The commercial banks have also been complaining that high rates of small savings schemes prohibit them from cutting deposit rates, was expected a downward revision in interest rates for small savings schemes for the ensuing quarter, but the government preferred to keep them unchanged.
Other important news on Small savings instruments:
During the announcement of interest for the quarter April -Jun 18, the Ministry withdrew the earlier restrictions for credit of interest in respect of small savings to basic Savings Bank account. Now all the interest and maturity proceeds of small savings instruments operated by the Department of Posts may be paid to the depositors through the depositor’s savings account standing at a post office or any commercial bank, by cheque or in cash.
The PPF account rules were modified by the Government for the benefit of account holders. As per modified PPF account holders can now make deposits in multiples of ₹50 any number of times in a financial year with a maximum of ₹1.5 lakh a year. Earlier, a maximum of 12 deposits was permitted in a period of 1 year. Read: New rules of PPF