In the third roll-back in two months, the government today raised the interest rate on employee provident fund (EPF) contributions to 8.8% for 2015-16 against 8.7% approved by the Finance Ministry last week. Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced the decision to raise interest rate on a day employee unions had called nationwide protests against fixing interest rates lower than 8.8% decided by the retirement fund body EPFO as well as 8.75% paid for the previous fiscal. "I am happy that finance ministry has agreed to 8.8% for 2015-16," he told reporters here. This is the third rollback on EPF.
Last month the government was forced to withdraw the Budget proposal to tax a certain portion of withdrawals. Subsequently, it withdrew tighter withdrawal norms.