Interest rate on Public Provident Fund cut to 8.1% from 8.7%

In a move that will hit the common man, the government today slashed interest rates payable on small savings including PPF and Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) in a bid to align them closer to market rates. As a part of its February 16 decision to revise interest rates on small savings every quarter, the interest rate on Public Provident Fund (PPF) scheme will be cut to 8.1 per cent for the period April 1 to June 30, from 8.7 per cent, atpresent.Similarly, the interest rate on KVP will be cut to 7.8 percent from 8.7 per cent, according to a Finance Ministry order. While the interest rate on Post Office savings has been retained at 4 per cent, the same for term deposits of one to five years has been cut. The popular five-Year National Savings Certificates will earn an interest rate of 8.1 per cent from April 1 as against 8.5 per cent, at present.

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