EPFO to pay 8.5% curiosity for FY20 in two instalments, cites COVID’s impression on revenue

An instalment of 8.15% will be paid for now, and the remaining 0.35% will be credited by December

New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO on Wednesday decided to credit a part of 8.5 percent interest on employees provident fund (EPF) for 2019-20 into the account of its around 6 crore subscribers.

The decision to provide 8.15 percent interest now on EPF has been taken at the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) trustees meet held on Wednesday, a source told PTI.

The remaining 0.35 percent rate of interest on EPF for 2019-20 would be credited into the subscribers’ account in December this year, the source further said.

The EPFO had earlier planned to liquidate some of its investment in exchange-traded funds to meet the deficit for providing 8.5 percent interest for the last fiscal.

However, it could not do so because of the choppy market conditions amid lockdown induced by COVID-19.

The EPFO’s apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT) will meet again in December and take a call on crediting the remaining 0.35 percent interest into subscribers accounts.

The issue was not listed on the agenda. However, some trustees raised the issue of delay in crediting interest into subscribers” account.

The board headed by Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar had decided to provide 8.5 percent interest rate for 2019-20 in its meeting held in March this year.

The source also said that the Finance Ministry has already given its concurrence to 8.5 percent interest for the last fiscal.

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