Economy

EPFO may reduce interest on PF deposits

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 10, 2012

Retirement fund body EPFO may lower the interest rate on deposits to 8.6 per cent for over 4.7 crore subscribers for 2011-12 to match it with the rate of public provident fund (PPF) scheme.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had provided 9.5 per cent interest rate to its subscribers for 2010-11 after it found Rs 1,731 crore surplus in its books of account.

“The Labour Ministry will soon be sending a note to the Finance Ministry, recommending 8.6 per cent rate of interest on provident fund deposits to EPFO subscribers for this fiscal as provided under PPF scheme”, a source privy to the development said.

The source said the ministry wants bring the EPFO's rate of return on par with the PPF rate. According to the EPFO's income projections, if the body provides 8.25 per cent interest for 2011-12, it would leave a deficit of a Rs 24 lakh.

It had further pointed out that an 8.5 per cent rate of return would translate into a deficit of Rs 526.44 crore.

Published on January 10, 2012
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