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PF deposits to fetch higher rates this year?

PF deposits to fetch higher rates this year?
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The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may announce a higher interest rate on provident fund deposits for its over 5 crore.

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may announce a higher interest rate on provident fund deposits for its over 5 crore subscribers in the current fiscal year (FY14) than 8.5 per cent provided in FY13, according to PTI sources.

"The rate of return on PF deposit for Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) subscribers for this fiscal would be slightly higher than 8.5 per cent provided last year," one of the sources said.
He said payment of rate of interest slightly higher than 8.5 per cent will leave no deficit and no surplus for EPFO.
The retirement fund body had paid an 8.5 per cent interest to subscribers in 2012-13, which was higher than 8.25 provided in fiscal year 2011-12. It had paid a rate of return of 9.5 per cent for 2010-11 when it found over Rs. 1,761 crore in its books of accounts
The body is in the process of calling a meeting of its apex decision making body, the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) headed by the Labour Minister, to approve the interest rate.
During the meeting, the trustee would reconstitute the Finance and Investment Committee (FIC), the advisory body of EPFO, which recommends the rate of interest to the CBT.
After the reconstitution of CBT by EPFO in June, the other sub-committees of EPFO like FIC, were dissolved and were required to be reconstituted.
As per the practice, the EPFO would have to place the proposal before FIC after which it is considered by the CBT for taking a final call on the matter.
Once approved, the proposal is to be put before the Finance Ministry for its concurrence.
According to the sources, the interest rate on PF deposits for this fiscal may be announced before Diwali.
However, as per the practice, the body has to announce the rate of return before the beginning of a financial year. But this has not happened in the past many years.
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