Reserve Bank of India‘s Department of Government and Bank Accounts has issued a clarification on the applicable interest rates for Small Savings Schemes.
The notification no is RBI/2011-12/359 DGBA.CDD. No.H- 4836 /15.02.001/2011-12 dt.
January 20, 2012 and is addressed to
The Chairman and Managing Director/Managing Director
Head Office, Government Accounts Department
State Bank of India/State Bank of Patiala/
State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Travancore/ State Bank of Hyderabad/
State Bank of Mysore/ Andhra Bank/ Allahabad Bank/Bank of Baroda/Bank of India/
Bank of Maharashtra/Canara Bank/Central Bank of India/
Corporation Bank/Dena Bank/Indian Bank/ Indian Overseas Bank/
Punjab National Bank/Syndicate Bank/UCO Bank/
Union Bank of India/United Bank of India/ Vijaya Bank/IDBI Bank Ltd./ICICI Bank Ltd.
The complete notification can be accessed @ RBI
The highlights are :
As per the decision of the Government on the recommendations of the Committee for Comprehensive Review of National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), the rate of interest on small savings schemes will be aligned with G-Sec rates of similar maturity with a spread of 25 basis points (bps), with two exceptions.
The spread on 10 year National Savings Certificate (NSC) will be 50 bps and on Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, 2004 (SCSS, 2004) 100 bps
The interest rates for every financial year will be notified before April 01st of that year.
Notifications on changes in the interest rates, in various small savings schemes with effect from December 01, 2011 have already been issued by Government of India.
There is no truth in newspapers report, which convey an impression that the interest rates on small savings schemes linked to G-Sec rates, are floating in nature and will undergo change depending on the yields on G-Sec during the currency of an instrument.
As per the rules of small savings schemes, the rate of interest on an investment made in all schemes except PPF, 1968 on a particular date, remains unchanged for the entire duration of the investment, till maturity, irrespective of the revisions in subsequent years.
In simple terms, the interest rate will be locked in for duration of the Deposit scheme, and will not fluctuate during it’s lifetime.