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Premature Closure of PPF Accounts : Loksabha Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2452
ANSWERED ON: 09.03.2018

Closure of PPF Accounts

ANANDRAO ADSUL
SHRIKANT EKNATH SHINDE
DHARMENDRA YADAV
VINAYAK BHAURAO RAUT
CHANDU BARNE SHRIRANG
SHIVAJI ADHALRAO PATIL
PRITAM GOPINATH MUNDE
Will the Minister of

FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the Union Government proposes to allow premature closure of Public Provident Fund (PPF) accounts and permit opening of small savings accounts in the name of minor, if so, the details thereof;

(b) the steps taken to make provisions for premature closure easier in respect of all schemes;

(c) whether there are various ambiguities due to multiple Acts and rules for small saving scheme, if so, the details thereof;

(d) whether there is a proposal to merge Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873, if so, the main objective of the common act; and

(e) the other steps taken by the Union Government to address the grievances and settlement of disputes relating to small savings?

ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI P. RADHAKRISHNAN)

(a) & (b) Sir, at present premature closure of a Public Provident Fund (PPF) account is permitted on specified grounds on completion of five financial years from the date of opening of account. Opening of accounts in the name of a minor is permitted under all the small savings scheme except the Senior Citizens’ Savings Scheme.

(c) & (d) Yes Sir. There are some ambiguities due to multiple Acts and rules for small savings schemes and the same are as under:

i Certain provisions are not uniform in the existing three Acts.
ii Some provisions have become redundant with time, which have been proposed to be deleted, with a view to simplify and avoid confusion.
iii Some provisions are not clearly defined in existing Acts, leading to legal issues.

Yes. The main objective of the common act is to bring uniformity in the provisions of different small savings schemes presently governed by the three Acts.

(e) The grievances relating to small savings are addressed by the banks and Department of Posts. Some grievances are also handled by Ministry of Finance.

Source : LokSabha

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