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FinMin mulling hiking lock-in period for PPF account

The NDA government would present its Budget for 2015-16 on February 28

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley

The is considering a proposal to raise the minimum lock-in period for withdrawal from a (Public Provident Fund) account from six to eight years, to attract longer term funds for infrastructure development.

“Infrastructure funding is the focus area for the is a long-term investment and the idea of increasing the lock-in is to have more scope to channelise funds into infrastructure,” a source said.
Read our full coverage on Union Budget The government would present its for 2015-16 on February 28.


“There are two proposals on the table: Increasing the lock-in period by at least two years to eight years and raising the time limit for maturity of investment from 15 years,” the source added.

Currently investment of up to  Rs 1.50 lakh in is exempt from the Income Tax Act under 80C. This was raised from  Rs 1 lakh in the for 2014-15. The on a account is revised at the beginning of financial year, in April, and currently stands at 8.7 per cent. The minimum annual investment is  Rs 500 and maximum is  Rs 1.5 lakh.

Under the present norms, an individual can withdraw money from his/her account only at the end of the sixth year. The maximum amount of withdrawal from account is 50 per cent of the amount retained in the account in the end of fourth year. This amount can be used for any emergency purpose or for higher studies.

After the completion of 15 years, the investor has the option of withdrawing the fund or extend the lock-in period by five more years.

India targets double its investments in infrastructure to USD 1 trillion during the 11th Five Year Plan that began in April 2012.

First Published: Thu, February 05 2015. 00:20 IST
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