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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kisan Vikas Patra - also made available in Banks

Government has formulated a number of schemes having different features for different segments of the saving population. Each of the available saving option has different features in terms of eligibility to invest, rate of interest, maturity period, lock-in-period, tax treatment, pledging facility, minimum and maximum ceilings etc. 

Main features of KVP, are: 

Amount invested in Kisan Vikas Patra (KYP) doubles in 100 months at the present rates. The certificates can be purchased by an adult for himself or on behalf of a minor or to a minor. It can also be purchased jointly by two adults. 

A certificate may be transferred from one person to another with consent in writing to an officer of the Post Office or Bank. Under the scheme the transferee has to be eligible to purchase the certificate. The certificate may be prematurely encashed any time after two years and a half from the date of purchase, in the event of death of holder or any holder in case of joint holder, on order of court of Law and forfeiture by a pledge. 

The Government has no proposal to separately tax benefit on KVP. However, income on KVP would be taxable as per existing provisions. Investor will have to undergo Know Your Customer (KYC) modalities at the time of application. In the case of transfer of KVP from one customer to another, a request has to be made in writing to an officer of the Post Office or Bank and the transferee has to be eligible to purchase KVP certification in the first instance. 

Kisan Vikas Patra (KYP) has been reintroduced and is available in Post Offices. 

In future, KVP will be available in Banks which are/will be authorized for handling small savings schemes. 

This information was given by the Minister of State of Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.