Inflation Index Bonds launched by RBI
Moneylife Digital Team 29 November 2013

RBI in consultation with Government of India, has decided to launch Inflation Indexed National Savings Securities-Cumulative (IINSS-C) for retail investors in the second half of December 2013

Inflation Indexed National Savings Securities-Cumulative (IINSS-C) securities  are being launched by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in the backdrop of announcement made in the Union Budget 2013-14 to introduce instruments, which will protect savings from inflation. The distribution/sale of IINSS-C would be through banks. Interest rate on these securities would be linked to final combined Consumer Price Index [CPI (Base:
2010=100)]. Interest rate would comprise two parts - fixed rate (1.5%) and inflation rate based on CPI, and the same will be compounded in the principal on half-yearly basis and paid at the time of maturity.

Early redemptions will be allowed after one year from the date of issue for senior citizens (i.e. above 65 years of age) and 3 years for all others, subject to penalty charges at the rate of 50% of the last coupon payable for early redemption. Early redemptions, however, will be made only on coupon dates.

The date of issuance for subscription would be announced shortly. The issuance of non-cumulative Inflation Indexed National Saving Securities for retail investors will be examined in due course.

Here are the salient features of Inflation Indexed National Savings Securities-Cumulative (IINSS-C) securities:

  • Face value of one security - Rs5,000 and minimum investment - Rs5,000


  • Maximum investment - Rs5,00,000 per applicant per annum


  • Rate of interest (per annum) –real interest rate (fixed rate) + inflation rate


  • Real interest rate – 1.5% per annum and the same will act as floor


  • Compounding - Half-yearly


Tenor - 10 years

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