The retirement fund body EPFO is likely to announce the rate of interest on employees provident fund (EPF) deposits for 2022-23 at its two-day meeting beginning Monday.
EPFO had lowered the interest on EPF for 2021-22 to an over four-decade low of 8.1 per cent for its about five crore subscribers, from 8.5 per cent in 2020-21 in March 2022.
This was the lowest since 1977-78, when the EPF interest rate stood at 8 per cent.
“The Employees Provident Fund Organisations (EPFOs) apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT) is likely to decide the rate of interest on EPF for 2022-23 at its two-day meeting beginning on Monday afternoon,” a source said.
Besides interest rate, the CBT will also discuss the annual accounts of the EPFO for 2022-23.
The trustees will also deliberate on the action taken by the EPFO on the Supreme Court order for giving a four-month window to Employees Pension Scheme 1995 subscribers to opt for higher pension.
The EPFO has provided the facility to opt for higher pension to its subscribers till May 3, 2023.
The 8.5 per cent interest rate on EPF deposits for 2020-21 was decided by the CBT in March 2021.
After the CBT decision, the interest rate on EPF deposits for 2022-23 will be sent to the Ministry of Finance for concurrence.
EPFO provides the rate of interest only after it is ratified by the government through the finance ministry.
In March 2020, EPFO had lowered the interest rate on provident fund deposits to a seven-year low of 8.5 per cent for 2019-20, from 8.65 per cent provided for 2018-19.
EPFO had provided 8.65 per cent interest rate to its subscribers in 2016-17 and 8.55 per cent in 2017-18. The rate of interest was slightly higher at 8.8 per cent in 2015-16.
The retirement fund body had given 8.75 per cent rate of interest in 2013-14 as well as 2014-15, higher than 8.5 per cent for 2012-13.
The rate of interest was 8.25 per cent in 2011-12.
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