Skip to main content

Govt closes subscription for 8% savings bonds from today

Govt closes subscription for 8% savings bonds from today
The government savings bonds, 2003, one of the most sought after investment instruments among the middle class, particularly senior citizens, which gave an assured return of 8 per cent per annum, will be closed for subscription from January 2.“The eight per cent GOI Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003, shall cease for subscription with effect from the close of banking business on Tuesday, January 2, 2018,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Monday.
The bond, which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) started issuing on the behalf of the Union government in 2003, was considered to be one of the safest savings instruments for retail investors.It got more traction in recent years as interest rates on bank fixed deposits and small savings schemes gradually declined
The bond had alockin period of six years and was available for purchase by individuals on tap.Former finance minister PChidambaram said the move to scrap the bonds was an attack on the middle clas
“GoI eight per cent taxable bonds have been the safe harbour of the middle class, especially retirees and senior citizens, since 2003.Government has taken away their only safety net,” he said inaseries of tweets, adding, “Government owes a duty to provide its citizens one safe and risk free instrument for savings.
Taking the only instrument away is a deplorable act.” Chidambaram also questioned whether the move was intended to push people to invest in stock markets and mutual funds.“Interest rates reduced for small savings instruments.Eight per cent taxable bonds discontinued.But inflation is rising.A double whammy for the middle class,” he said.
Last week, the government had slashed interest rates on small saving schemes, such as public provident fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate (NSC), and Kisan Vikas Patra, by 0.2 percentage points for the January-March quarter.
The Business Standard, New Delhi, 2nd January 2018

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Deposit gush:-CA Institute Bats for Special Audit

Obligation for the Month of May 2017

Obligation for the Month of May 2017 Event DateActApplicable FormObligation6-May-2017Service TaxChallan No.GAR-7E-Payment of Service Tax for April by Cos7-May-2017Income TaxForm No.27C (TCS)Submission of Forms received in Apr  to IT Commissioner7-May-2017Income TaxChallan No.ITNS-281Payment of TDS/TCS deducted/collected in Apr10-May-2017ExciseER-1Return for Non SSI assessees for Apr10-May-2017ExciseER-2Return for EOUs for Apr10-May-2017ExciseER-6Return by units paying duty >  1 crore (CENVAT + PLA) for Apr12-May-2017D-VATBE - 2Advance information for 2nd fortnight of May of functions with booking cost > Rs 1 lakh in Banquet Halls,hotels etc. in Delhi15-May-2017D-VATDVAT-20Deposit of DVAT TDS for  Apr15-May-2017Income TaxForm 27EQTCS Returns by ALL Collectors15-May-2017Providend FundElectronic Challan cum Return (ECR)E-Payment of PF for Apr15-May-2017D-VATDVAT-48 Return of DVAT TDS for quarter ending March21-May-2017ESIESI ChallanPayment of ESI of Apr21-May-2017M-VATMVAT ChallanPa…

RBI minutes show MPC members flagged upside risks to inflation

RBI minutes show MPC members flagged upside risks to inflation Concerns about economic growth and easing inflation prompted five of the six monetary policy committee (MPC) members to call for a cut in the repo rate, but most warned that prices could start accelerating, show the minutes of the panel’s last meeting, released on Wednesday. The comments reflected a tone of caution and flagged upside risks to inflation from farm loan waivers, rise in food prices, especially vegetables, price revisions withheld ahead of the goods and services tax, implementation of house rent allowance under the 7th pay commission and fading of favourable base effect, among others. On 2 August, the panel chose to cut the repurchase rate—the rate at which the central bank infuses liquidity in the banking system—by 25 basis points to 6%. One basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point. Pami Dua, professor at the Delhi School of Economics, wrote that her analysis showed “a fading economic growth outlook, as …