Stressing on the girls role in making the India competitive and prosperous nation, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has today launched a new small savings account for the girl child ?Sukanya Samriddhi Account? as an integral part of the ?Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao? campaign.
Sukanya Samriddhi Account was initially introduced by Shri Arun Jaitely in his maiden budget speech but has been officially launched today by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He has handed over bank account details to five girls under the ?Sukanya Samridhi Yojna? (girl child prosperity scheme).
Recommended Read: Rules and Features of Sukanya Samridhi Account
Sukanya Samridhi Yojna is a special deposit scheme for girl child only but one another popular scheme to benefit child (irrespective of girl or boy) is Public Provident Fund (PPF).
Let?s see the difference between Sukanya Samriddhi Account and Public Provident Fund (PPF)
Sukanya Samriddhi Account vs Public Provident Fund (PPF)
|Points of Difference||Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA)||Public Provident Fund (PPF)|
|For whom||Only for Girl Child.||For every Indian Citizen.|
|Age Limit||From the birth till she attains age of 10 years.||No age limit.|
|By whom||By the girl child who has attained the age of 10 years or by the natural or legal guardian.||By the Individual but by the natural or legal guardian for the minor child.|
|Where to open||Post office and nationalized banks but not private banks.||Post office and nationalized banks, including private banks.|
|Number of Account||One account for each girl child, maximum up to 2 or 3 accounts if twin girls are born in the second birth or triplets are born in the first birth.||Each Individual can hold only one account in his name.|
|Maximum Contribution||Rs.1.5 lakhs in all accounts.||Rs.1.5 lakhs in all accounts.|
|Interest Rates||9.20% per annum for fiscal year 2015-16.||8.70% per annum for fiscal year 2015-16.|
|Tax Benefit on the Contribution||Contributed Amount will be deductible u/s 80C.||Contributed Amount will be deductible u/s 80C.|
|Tax Benefit on the interest earned||Fully Tax-Free.||Interest Earned is tax free under PPF.|
|Time Period of contribution||Minimum tenure of contribution is 14 years from the date of opening of account.||Minimum 15 years and then in blocks of 5 years.|
|Maturity||21 years from the date of opening of account.||15 years from the fiscal year of opening of account.|
|Penalty||Rs.50 per year if minimum contribution is not made.||Rs.50 per year if minimum contribution is not made.|
|Mode of Deposit||Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque||Cash or Demand Draft or Cheque|
|Premature Withdrawal||Allowed up to 50% for the girl?s higher education and marriage after she attains 18 years of age||No premature withdrawal is allowed except in case of death of the account holder. However, a withdrawal upto 50% of 4th year balance?or 50 per cent of the balance at the end of the immediate preceding year, whichever is lower, is allowed from the 7th year onwards.|
|Loan||No loan can be taken on the SSA balance.||Loan can be taken from the third year of opening of account to the sixth year.|
|Taxation on Maturity||No tax will be levied on the maturity amount.||No tax will be levied on the maturity amount.|
|Maturity Calculator||Sukanya Samridhhi Calculator||PPF Calculator|
- Interest rate under both the schemes will be notified each year by the Government.
- Interest will be compounded yearly under both schemes.
- Loan on the PPF balance is restricted to 25% of the balance at the end of 2nd year.
- At present interest earned on SSA account is taxable in the hands of guardian but it may get tax rebate in the upcoming budget.
- Contributed amount get deduction u/s 80c up to Rs.1.5 lakhs including all other eligible investments.
- Recommended Read: FAQs on Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme
- Recommended Read:?Sukanya Samriddhi Account vs Recurring Deposits
Words of Wisdom
Sukanya Samriddhi Account (SSA) is a good initiation by the Government. It offers highest returns compared to other schemes of Government. In comparison to PPF, one should definitely go for Sukanya Samriddhi Account as the rate of return is more and in the upcoming budget it will surely get the EEE tax treatment i.e. no tax on the interest earned also.