Fixed deposit is the best way to park your savings. Fixed deposits are term deposits that allow you to build on your savings over a period of time. In case of an investment in fixed deposit, a fixed rate of interest is paid on the fund deposited till the maturity date. Fixed deposits are safe and come with guaranteed returns and has an added advantage of withdrawing funds before the maturity.
There are different kinds of fixed deposits offered catering to different needs of individuals. Some banks offer fixed deposits especially catering to children and senior citizens. Fixed deposit schemes for children isn't much different from the regular fixed deposit schemes. These schemes allow parents or guardians to invest in fixed deposit accounts on behalf of their children.The guardian will be in charge of the account until the child reaches the age of maturity or the maturity of the plan, whichever comes first. Some of the fixed deposits schemes for children offer additional protection in form of insurance while others just offer payout at maturity.
Fixed deposit schemes in India for Children
There are a lot of banks in India that offer fixed deposit schemes for children. Under most of these schemes, the parent or guardian handles the account until the child reaches the age of maturity. Listed below are some of the top fixed deposit schemes for children and their features.
PNB Balika Shiksha Scheme-
This is a fixed deposit account offered by PNB especially for the girl child. All girls who have passed grade 8th are eligible for the scheme irrespective of whether they belong to SC/ST. The deposit amount can be withdrawn when the girl reaches 18 years of age. Students of private unaided school and central government schools are not eligible for this plan. Interest on bank deposit is exempted from Income tax.
Allahabad Bank Sishu Mangal deposit scheme-
This scheme offered by Allahabad Bank was launched in 1988.The scheme focuses on the welfare of children. It is a fixed deposit scheme for minors between the age of 1-15.Under this scheme, the account will be opened under guardianship and a predetermined amount should be deposited.Any child with an Indian citizenship between the age of 1-15 is eligible for this scheme. Interest will be paid on the amount deposited until the maturity of the plan.There is limit on the maximum amount deposited under this scheme.
Fixed deposits under guardianship for minors-
There are only a few banks that have special fixed deposit schemes catering just for children. But many banks allow children to open a regular fixed deposit account provided that they have a guardian who will handle the account.
In these schemes, the guardian opens the fixed deposit account on behalf of the minor and once the minor reaches the age of maturity they can handle the account. Some banks even offer discounts for minors who open a fixed deposit account with them.
Listed below are some of the banks that allow a minor to open a fixed deposit account.
Bank of India
Why choose fixed deposit scheme for children?
Fixed deposit scheme ensures that you save up for your kid's future with no hassles. Fixed deposits require you to invest once and that will be the end of it unlike other savings schemes which require you to make regular investments in order to save up. Fixed deposits can be opened for kids as young as one year old, thus giving the parents more time to save up for their child's future.
Another added advantage of fixed deposit scheme for children is that the minimum amount required to be deposited is very less and in many cases the interest earned on the amount deposited will be deducted from income tax. Investing in a fixed deposit for your child will ensure that your child stays financially protected in case something unfortunate should happen to you.
Fixed Deposit of Rs.11,000 to be made by Oxxy for every girl child born in India
Oxxy, a leading healthcare network has initiated a fixed deposit program of Rs. 11,000 for every girl child born in India. The idea is to ensure that girls have the same social and economic standing as boys and have greater access to healthcare in coming generations, according to co-founder Sheetal Kapoor. Inspired by the women who made India proud at Rio Olympics, Kapoor further elaborates that parents need not make the slightest financial contribution to the fund that will be generated and dispensed in its entirety by Oxxy.
Pankaj Gupta, Director, said he expects up to 5000 registrations a day to the Oxxy’s Girl Developed Programme - which will also work to educate expectant mothers on healthcare, tests and precautions as per international standards.
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I have chosen my fixed deposit scheme from State bank of India because I'm maintaining my salary account with them and they provided rate of interest is fine for me. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.75 lakhs. There is a locking period of 45 days. They are giving interest rate of 4.5%. Overall, I'm satisfied with their services.
I have been investing the money of Rs. 3 lakhs for the fixed deposit. I have selected Kotak mahindra bank for the FD because their net banking facility is very different when i compared to other. I can access everything regarding the account hence its easy to handle the transactions. I'm not sure about the interest rates. 7 months before, i have invested the money.
Its because of the competitive interest rates, i have selected the Fixed deposit in Kotak Mahindra bank. I have invested the fixed deposit 1.5 years ago and there is a lockin period of 5 years. They have invested the amount of Rs. 7.5 % and the employees are helpful in the branch.
I have a Fixed deposit in Axis bank. I have invested the money of Rs. 10000 for two FDs. There is a lockin duration of 1 year. They are giving a interest rate of 7%. Through net banking, i have activated this Fixed deposit. There is no tax benefits available. Axis bank service has been good. Overall, I'm happy about their services.
Since last 15 years, i have a account with Oriental bank of commerce thats the reason i have invested the money in fixed deposit with the same bank. I have invested the amount of Rs. 11 lakhs. They are giving the interest rate of 6.5%. There is no locking period but i have chosen the duration of 1.5 years. There is no additional charges deducted for this fixed deposit.
Interest rate is very low in Indian post office Fixed deposit scheme because they are providing only 8.5%. I have chosen this office because of the child benefits. I have invested the money of Rs. 1.5 years. Its 3 years lock in period. Overall, I'm satisfied with the service provided by post office employees.
I have invested the money in SBI for a fixed deposit and based on my wife recommendation i have chosen it. They are providing the interest rate of 7.25%. They have option to select the lock in period in that i have chosen 5 years. We had visited their branch and the response was good.
Its easy accessible and to redeem so that i have invested the money in Fixed Deposit with HDFC BANK. I have invested the money of Rs. 2.5 lakhs and they have provided me a interest rate of 7.5%. There is no locking period. I didn't got any additional charges till now.
I have paid the money of Rs. 4.5 lakhs as a fixed deposit in the Indian post office. For the safety purpose, i have chosen the post office account. They are offering me a interest rate of 7.9%. There is a lockin period of 5 years. If i withdraw the money in 1 year, they will reduce the interest rate of 2% and after 3 years, its 1%.
Interest rates are less in Central Bank of India so I had taken a fixed deposit. I have invested the money of Rs. 1 lakh in my wife's name. Branch is near from my place so I have chosen this bank. Yearly once, I get the money of Rs. 6,765 for the interest. There is a locking period of 1 year.
I am doing Fixed Deposit with ICICI BANK and its been around 5years. They haven't been paying good interest and its more or less same like other banks as I used to hold my salary account with ICICI, I have decided to be with one bank. There is no locking period and its flexible. They do give good support and the app is user friendly. Even deposit account can be opened through i-mobile or net banking itself.
I had a Fixed Deposit in State Bank of India, I have completed the tenure before 3months ago. I have no issues with the customer service. They are given me 7% interest rate for 2years. There is no profit and processing fee. I got an online access, where I can check the interest rate anytime on the YONO app or else SBI online.
I have invested some money through FD. My salary account is in SBI so i have a zero ATM charges and the limit is not actually set by SBI. They do have short term FDs which is pretty good. I have invested the money of Rs. 60000 and the interest rate is 10.01% for the tenure period of 16 months. There is no lockin period. There is no hassle to getting the money back.
I have invested the money in Dena bank through Fixed deposit and the growth is not that much good. They are not taking any hidden charges. Only because of the Government undertaken bank, i have selected them. They are providing a interest rate of 6% per annum. I have invested the money of Rs. 2 lakhs. There is a lockin period of 1 year.
I have opt for fixed deposit for the tax saving purpose because I have chosen five years tenure with AXIS Bank, still its going on. Only once I Invested my money it has the locking period of five years. I have option to check my transactions through mobile app. But I have concern about the interest rate is very lesser for this FD.
I had fixed deposit with SBI then I withdrawn the amount, I done Rs. 3 lakhs of investment on my daughter name then I taken the liquidity to purchase the land, at the time I struggled a lot to take that money because the process was difficult to withdrawn the money after seven months of tenure.
I had a Fixed Deposit with Union Bank of India and its closed 18 to 19 months due to personal reasons. I am doing investment but my experience is not good with FD account. In my home town, there is no other banks so just decided to go with this bank. The returns are good.
I have one FD with HDFC, I deposited Rs. 1 lakh, I was opt for 45 days of tenure. Finally I got 6.25% of interest for 45 days. It won't cover the tax, if we need tax benefits we should go for five years term. I can track the details through netbanking, on the maturity date the amount credits automatically in the account. Even the notification can customized.
HSBC staff wrongly pre closed my fixed deposit .. and calculated the interest rates wrongly and when asked them for clarification never got back .. even after following up with them repeatedly for more than 3 months.. would highly recommend not using their services.
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A V kumar
Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019
I do have a Fixed deposit account with SBI and it was carried out by Mom and even I have account for my daughter. Its still running and they have Google application separately to access online. The returns are good. I am doing monthly investment and it was opened quite a long may be 4 years.