Post office FD rates up .2%

Post office FD rates up .2%

A day ahead of Lok Sabha polls announcement, the government on Tuesday decided to hike interest rates on fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices by up to 0.2 per cent.

The interest rate on popular PPF (public provident fund) has, however, been kept unchanged at 8.7 per cent. New interest rates on small savings schemes will come into effect from April 1, an official release said. The Finance Ministry’s decision comes on the eve of the announcement of general elections schedule by the Election Commission. The model code of conduct comes into play after Lok Sabha elections announcement.

The interest rate on fixed deposits for one and two years has been increased to 8.4 per cent from the present 8.2 per cent.

Fixed deposits of three and five years will earn 0.1 per cent higher rate at 8.4 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively.

Also, the interest rate on five-year recurring deposits will be 8.4 per cent, up from 8.3 per cent. The annual investment ceiling in PPF savings is unchanged at Rs one lakh.

The rate on National Savings Scheme (NSC) with 5 and 10 year maturities also remain unchanged at 8.5 per cent and 8.8 per cent, respectively.

The rate on five-year Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) remains the same at 8.4 per cent. The savings deposit rates are kept unchanged at 4 per cent.

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