The government on Tuesday relaunched the erstwhile popular small savings instrument Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) to encourage people to save more and keep them off fraudulent schemes.
"In the last 2-3 years, savings rate in country has declined from a record high of 36.8 per cent to below 30 per cent. It is, therefore, necessary to encourage people to save more" Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during the launch of the revamped Kisan Vikas Patra. The collections under the scheme would also help the government mobilise funds for financing developmental plans.
10 Facts About The Small Savings Scheme
1) The amount invested in Kisan Vikas Patra would get doubled in 100 months or eight years and four months. This means KVPs would be giving a return of 8.7 per cent annually. This is in line with 8.70 per cent per annum interest rate offered by another popular savings instrument public provident fund (PPF).
2) However, investors would not get any tax benefit for their investment in Kisan Vikas Patra unlike in PPF.
3) The Kisan Vikas Patra certificates would be available in the denominations of Rs 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 and there is no upper limit on investment in KVPs.
4) Kisan Vikas Patra certificates can be encashed after a lock-in period of 30 months or 2 years and 6 months. Thereafter, investors can withdraw in any block of six months.
6) The facility of transfer from one post office to another anywhere in India and of nomination will be available.
7) Kisan Vikas Patra certificates can also be pledged as security to avail loans from the banks.
8) Initially, the Kisan Vikas Patra certificates will be sold through post offices, but later on they will be made available to the through designated branches of nationalised banks.
9) Kisan Vikas Patra savings scheme was originally launched in 1988. The maturity period of the scheme when launched was five and half years and the money invested doubled on maturity.
10) Kisan Vikas Patra was very popular among the investors and the percentage share of gross collections secured in KVP was in the range of 9 per cent to 29 per cent against the total collections received under all National Savings Schemes in the country. Gross collections under Kisan Vikas Patra in 2010-11 were Rs. 21631.16 crore which was 9 per cent of the total gross collections during the year. Kisan Vikas Patra scheme was withdrawn in 2011. (With Agency Inputs)