Good news for women in India! The Mahila Samman Savings Certificate has been introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for female investors in Budget 2023. It is a one-time small savings scheme for women with a tenure of two years. However, the official announcement and scheme details are yet to be discussed by the government.
Sitharaman said that a one-time new small savings scheme (Mahila Samman Savings Certificate) will be launched to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, and it will be made available for a period of two-year up to March 2025.
The scheme will offer a deposit facility of up to Rs. 2 Lakhs in the name of women/girls for a 2 years tenure. The interest rate offered will be fixed at 7.5 per cent per annum with a partial withdrawal option.
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Details of the Scheme
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The depositor will be required to submit the following documents to open any small savings schemes account with the Post office:
All of the above documents must be duly signed and filled in at desired Post Office.
Mahila Samman Savings Certificate offers an annual interest of 7.5% on a 2-year tenure, while SBI offers up to 6.80% for the same tenure. The highest interest at HDFC Bank can go up to 7.10% on 15 months to 18 months tenure, and the rate is the same with ICICI Bank for up to 2 years tenure. The highest rate is offered by PNB, i.e. 7.25% on a tenure of 666 days.
The government offers various small savings/ post office schemes. Interest rates on these savings schemes are decided every quarter by the government. These are popular schemes as they provide guaranteed fixed interest rates and are backed by the central. Some of these schemes are NSC, SCSS, PPF, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, etc.