With untiringly changing financial market scenario and increasing number of banks, financial institutions, and online resources that give ample opportunities for savings, many people in India are unable to decide the right place to save their surpluses to meet future financial obligations. Hence, people are seeking advice on the most suitable and workable saving methods from the numerous schemes made available by the banks, so as to manage their personal finances in a better way. This article is an attempt to throw some light on one of the oldest but most trusted means to save your hard-earned money.
These ways offer surefire revenues, improved interest rates, financial security, ways to save on tax as per the several sections of Indian Income Tax Act and other lucrative perks. Let us now discuss on these aspects of post office savings accounts. The post office savings scheme is offered by the Department of Posts in India, backed by RBI and Central government. It is the oldest banking service institution in our country and to date the most used and favored. It functions in support of Ministry of finance. At present, there are over 200 million post office savings accounts and these are being functioned in more than 1 lakh post offices nationwide.
The Indian postal sector has numerous post office savings policies. The savings schemes include the following among others:
- Saving Account Schemes (SAS)
- Recurring Deposit Schemes (RDS)
- Fixed Deposit Schemes (FDS)
- Public Provident Fund Schemes (PPF)
- National Savings Certificate (NSC)
- Monthly Income Schemes (MIS)
Features & Benefits of Post Office Saving Account
- With Reserve Bank of India decontrolling interest rates on savings deposits, the Government of India also escalated the same on post office savings scheme to 4 percent from 3.5 percent.
- At present post office savings account offers 4 percent rate annually.
- You must put in at least INR 20 to open an account.
- You can open an account by cash payment only.
- You need to keep in a minimum balance of at least INR 50 in a non cheque facility account.
- You can avail cheque facility as well if your account has a starting deposit of at least INR 500. It goes without saying that this balance has to be maintained every month.
- You can also request a Cheque facility with a prevailing account.
- The interest you make from your post office savings is not taxed up to INR 10,000 yearly as of now.
- It also comes with a nomination feature. You can fill in the details of the nominee(s) at time or after starting your account.
- Though your account can be transformed from one post office to another, you are allowed to have only one account in your name in one post office.
- Account can be opened in the name of minor and a minor of 10 years and above age can open and operate the account.
- You may even start a joint account with another adult or two.
- To keep your account active, you need to do a minimum of one fund transfer (depositing or withdrawing) in three financial years.
- Your single savings account can be made into joint one any time you wish to and viz.
- If the account is opened for a minor, he/ she can apply to get it in their name after turning 18.
- Cash depositing and withdrawals can be performed through any electronic mode in Core Banking Solution (CBS) Post offices.
- Inter post office fund transfers can be done between CBS post offices
- ATM cum Debit Cards can be distributed to Savings Account users (having agreed on a minimum balance on the day of card issuance) of CBS Post offices.
News About Post Office Savings Account
No cash withdrawal limit from banks and post office savings accounts
Following the demonetisation by the Modi-led government, the Central Board of Direct Taxes set the withdrawal limit from banks, post offices at Rs.2 lakh. Huge penalties were imposed for withdrawals higher than Rs.2 lakh. To the relief of many, the withdrawal limit is now done away with. According to the Central Board of Direct Taxes, there will no longer be any withdrawal limit from savings accounts from banks and post offices.
6th April 2017
People can now open PO Savings Account with Rs.50 in Ernakulam
Several special offers have been introduced by the head post office in Ernakulam for customers who wish to open savings bank account schemes. A campaign was launched by Aari, a popular tamil actor, who intended to help the initiative gain popularity. Customers would be entitled to a 4% p.a. interest rate on their savings. The minimum deposit required is only Rs.50 and there are free ATM cards with no transaction limits. Furthermore, there are no service charges on the first five transactions and there are also no hidden charges associated with the account. Savings accounts can be opened with cheque book facility as well, but these accounts need a minimum balance of Rs.500. The accounts are open to any Indian National who has attained majority. Joint accounts are also allowed. These accounts will help enable the common man to have easy access to banking facilities and its benefits.
31st March 2017
Hi-tech India Post Bank to be Housed by Heritage GPO in Nagpur
Nagpur, famed as the Orange City of India, is famous for another aspect – their General Post Office, which is regarded as a heritage structure. This building will soon be a home to a bank. In a strategic move to update post offices to bring it at par with modern banking, it was suggested to open an India Post Payment Bank in the year 2012. As an experimental plan commencing on 1st April, the city GPO has been picked among the total 47 offices where the bank will be situated. In the coming month, the department will start the basic work. The locations is expected to spread over at least 800 sq ft of this heritage construction and the banking functions are anticipated to begin in the coming six months according to a reliable source. This bank will mainly provide service to the whole area of Vidarbha. Aside from GPO, other sites where these lenders will be functioning in the state entail Pune, Thane and Satara. The bank's area of focus will be on current and savings account in rural regions. There will be no loan products or credit card dealings in the initial phase.
4th April 2016
GST of 18% is applicable on all banking products and services from July 1, 2017 onwards.