If you are a Government employee, you can open a General Provident Fund (GFP) account. It is one of the three types of Provident Fund account – Public Provident Fund (PPF), General Provident Fund (GPF) and Employees Provident Fund (EPF). However, the terms and conditions, interest rates and rules of these three may vary.
So, how is GFP different from EPF and PPF? What is the interest rate of GPF? How to open a GPF account? And, what are the GPF withdrawal rules? Read on to find out!
What is General Provident Fund (GPF)?
General Provident Fund is a type of Public Provident Fund (PPF) account beneficial for every government employee. It enables government individuals to preserve a part of their salary in the General Provident Fund. The entire amount collected throughout the employment period is paid when the employee retires.
Characteristics of General Provident Fund
General Provident Fund facilitates government employees in many ways. Some of their essential features are:
General Provident Fund can be given to any salaried individual.
This scheme is controlled under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Pensions and Grievances by the Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare.
The individual is not required to submit any document while withdrawing the amount at the time of retirement.
The department will offer a written document regarding immediate payment of the General Provident Fund money just after an individual’s retirement.
A nominee is paid an extra amount at the time of death of the subscriber as per the guidelines of the General Provident Fund. However, this added amount should not be more than Rs. 60,000.
After withdrawing, the money can be returned in small instalments each month towards the fund after withdrawing it.
A subscriber has to mention the name of a nominee (family member) in the form while taking General Provident Fund.
At present, the GPF interest rate of 7.10% is offered.
Guidelines and Rules of General Provident Fund
A person desiring to open a General Provident Fund account must go through these vital guidelines. They are:
Subscribers are not allowed to contribute more than their income to the General Provident Fund account.
A subscriber can mention more than one person as a nominee, but his/her GPF details must be cleared while signing the form.
A person involved in services for at least a decade will be able to withdraw the preserved money before retirement.
Anyone desirous to buy a new home or for loan repayment purposes can withdraw 75% of the GPF amount.
The amount saved in the General Provident Fund account will mature at the time of the subscriber’s retirement.
Interest rates for General Provident Fund
The interest rate of the General Provident Fund varies from year to year. The following table shows rates of interest over the last 5 years:
An individual who has met all of these following conditions is suitable for opening a General Provident Fund account:
Must be an Indian resident beside a government employee.
Government employees associated with a particular salary class are eligible for General Provident Fund.
Employees associated with a private organisation are not eligible for General Provident Fund.
The eligible employees must keep a certain part of their salary for becoming a GPF member.
How to Open a General Provident Fund Account?
Anyone can open a GPF account effortlessly. The Accountant General (AG) office is in charge of this account. Firstly, the person desiring to open an account has to fill up a specified form and submit it to the AG office. Later on, the office will provide them with their account number.
The office will further inform them about their monthly salary deductions to (Drawing and Disbursing Officer) DDO. Moreover, a statement of debits and credits, aGPF balance sheet, and accrued interest are sent to the employee at the end of the financial year.
How to Withdraw Money from a General Provident Fund?
The employees are free to apply to withdraw money from GPF online. This money will be credited to their respective bank accounts without any hassle. Furthermore, government employees can take away their money based on their years of service under the renewed provisions. This process will not require any further approval.
How to Check General Provident Fund Statement?
Here are some following steps you should follow while checking yourGPF statement online:
Visit EPFO Official Website
Visit the official website of EPFO and go to its homepage.
Click on ‘Services’
On top menu bar, click on the tab ‘Services’. A dropdown menu will appear.
Click on ‘For Employees’
From the dropdown menu, click on ‘For Employees’.
Select ‘Member Passbook’
Scroll down. Under the ‘Services’ category, select ‘Member Passbook’. You will be directed to a new page.
Enter Your Login Details
Enter your UAN and password.
Now, you can see your PF account’s details. You can either download the GPF status or simply view it.
GPF is a beneficial savings scheme organised by the Government for government employees. There is no telling when an individual will require money. So, it is better to stay in a safe zone. GPF helps employees accomplish their financial goals. It can be for family emergencies, marriage or even medical purposes.
FAQs on GPF
Q1.What is the full form of GPF?
Ans: The full form of GPF is General Provident Fund.
Q2. Does GPF offer tax benefits?
Ans: Interest received during GPF is entirely tax-free and, no tax is imposed while withdrawing it.
Q3. What is the amount of salary deducted by GPF?
Ans: General Provident Fund deducts 6% money from the basic salary of an individual.
Q4. What happens on a subscriber’s death?
Ans: An extra sum of money is added to the amount and credited to the account of his/her nominee.
Q5. Do private sector employees take the benefit of the General Provident Fund?
Ans:No. Because the General Provident Fund scheme is only for the government employees.
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