The Government recently raised the interest rates on the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) scheme by 20 basis points to 8.2 percent from the existing 8 percent.
About Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
- SSY is a savings scheme launched in 2015 under the Government of India's '' Beti Bachao Beti Padhao'' campaign, which aimed to promote the education of girl children.
- SSY is a small-deposit scheme tailored specifically for the girl child.
- This scheme enables guardians to open a savings account for their girl child with an authorised commercial bank or India Post branch.
- The girl must be an Indian resident.
- The account can be initiated by the parent or legal guardian of the girl child.
- The girl child must be below the age of 10 at the time of opening the account.
- Only one SSY account is allowed per girl child.
- A family is limited to opening a maximum of two SSY scheme accounts.
- NRIs are not eligible to open these accounts.
- The girl must operate the account once she attains the age of 18 years.
- The minimum and maximum deposits that can be made in an account in a financial year are Rs.250 and Rs.1.5 lakh, respectively. The deposits can be made in multiples of 100.
- Deposits towards the scheme should be made for a period of 15 years. However, the scheme matures after 21 years.
- No interest will be payable once the account completes twenty-one years from the date of opening.
- Partial Withdrawal:
- Withdrawal up to a maximum of 50% of the amount in the account at the end of the financial year preceding the year of application for withdrawal shall be allowed for the purpose of education of the account holder.
- Such withdrawal shall be allowed only after the account holder has attained the age of 18 years or has passed the 10th standard, whichever is earlier.
- Tax benefits: To encourage investments in SSY, the scheme offers the following tax benefits:
- Section 80C Deductions: Investments made in the SSY scheme can be deducted under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act up to a maximum cap of Rs. 1.5 lakh.
- Tax-Exempt Interest: The interest that accrues on the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account, compounded annually, is exempt from tax under Section 10 of the Income Tax Act.
- Tax-Free Proceeds: The proceeds received upon maturity or withdrawal from the SSY account is also exempt from income tax.
Q1) What is the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao'' campaign?
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a personal campaign of the Government of India that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls. The scheme was launched with an initial funding of ₹100 crore (US$14 million).It mainly targets the clusters in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Bihar and Delhi.