India Post, government’s postal system, which also deals with banking services, offers to its customers the option of recurring deposit (RD) accounts and monthly income scheme (MIS) accounts. Thus, with deposits in both these schemes, you can not only increase your savings but also grow your wealth as your deposits will fetch an interest rate up to 7.3 per cent over a maturity period of five years. Both post office recurring deposits and monthly income scheme offer guaranteed returns as they are not liked to stock or bond markets.
Given below are features of and comparisons between post office recurring deposit (RD), monthly income scheme (MIS)
Like a usual bank recurring deposit, post office recurring deposit also needs you to make payments at regular intervals. You need to deposit a minimum Rs. 10 per month or any amount in multiples of INR 5, according to the website of India Post, indiapost.gov.in. There is no maximum limit on the recurring deposit installment. The tenure of a post office RD is for five years.
Post office recurring deposit amount can be opened via cash/ cheque. It can be transferred from one post office to another. Subsequent deposits can be made up to 15th day of next month if the account is opened up to 15th of a calendar month and up to the last working day of next month, if it is opened between 16th day and last working day of a calendar month.
If subsequent deposit is not made up to the prescribed day, a default fee at Rs. 0.05 for every Rs. 5 will be charged. After four regular defaults, the account is discontinued and can be revived in two months but if the same is not revived within this period, no further deposit can be made. If in any recurring deposit account, there is a monthly default amount, the depositor has to first pay the defaulted monthly deposit with the default fee and then pay the current month deposit.
A rebate is offered on advance deposit of at least six installments in post office recurring deposit amount. One withdrawal up to 50 per cent of the balance is allowed after one year. It may be repaid in one lump sum along with interest at the prescribed rate at any time during the currency of the account.
Interest rate on post office recurring deposit (RD) accounts
Post Office recurring deposit (RD) accounts offer a quarterly-compounded interest rate of 6.9 per cent per annum. A Rs. 10/- account fetches Rs. 717.43 on maturity. The account can be continued for another five years on a year-to-year basis.
Post office monthly income scheme account (MIS)
The minimum amount required for opening a post office monthly income scheme account should be in multiples of Rs. 1500. It can be increased thereafter. The maximum investment limit is Rs. 4.5 lakh in single account and Rs. 9 lakh in joint account. An individual can invest maximum Rs. 4.5 lakh in MIS (including his share in joint accounts). For calculation of share of an individual in joint account, each joint holder should have equal share in each joint account, stated India Post on its website.
Interest rate on post office monthly income scheme account (MIS)
Deposits in post office monthly income scheme account fetch an interest rate of 7.3 per cent per annum payable monthly.