EPFO raises provident fund interest rates to 8.75% for FY14
Moneylife Digital Team 13 January 2014

The EPFO had surplus funds, which enabled it to raise interest rate to 8.75% for 2013-14 from 8.5% in the previous financial year

Retirement fund body Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Monday decided to increase the rate of interest on provident fund (PF) deposits to 8.75% for 2013-14, a move that will benefit about five crore subscribers.


Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes told reporters after a meeting of the EPFO trustees that "We have decided to recommend to the government 8.75% rate of interest for 2013-14 to its subscribers".


The Central Board of Trustees, which is the apex decision-making body of the EPFO, met on Monday and approved the interest rate.


According to sources, the body had surplus funds, which enabled the interest rate to be increased from 8.5% in the previous financial year (2012-13).


The EPFO's recommendation will be vetted by the Finance Ministry. Once the ministry approves the decision, the interest would be credited to the accounts of subscribers.


According to sources, the decision to enhance the rate was taken in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.


The EPFO is estimated to have an income of Rs20,796.96 crore in the current financial year.


Payment of interest at the rate of 8.5% to subscribers would have required Rs20,740 crore and left a surplus of Rs56.96 crore, according to earlier projections.

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