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Punjab Govt Imposes Annual Cap of Rs 5 Lakh on GPF Deposits for Employees
Published : Sep 25, 2023, 1:40 pm IST
Updated : Sep 25, 2023, 1:40 pm IST
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Move Aims to Streamline General Provident Fund Deposits and Manage Interest Accrual

CHANDIGARH: Government employees in Punjab are now restricted from depositing more than Rs 5 lakh annually into the General Provident Fund (GPF), marking a significant policy shift. Previously, there were no specific limits on GPF contributions by government employees, who enjoyed over seven percent interest on their deposits. With the recent directives, employees are now permitted to deposit only Rs 40,000 from their salary into the GPF each month.

The Central Government has issued comprehensive instructions under sub-rule (2) of rule 9D of the Rules 1962, aiming to implement provisions set in sub-section I of Clause C in Punjab. In adherence to these central instructions, the Punjab government has notified all departments that employees and officers should not exceed Rs. 5 lakh in GPF deposits during the fiscal year 2023-24. If an officer or employee's GPF deposit is anticipated to surpass Rs. 5 lakh annually, the respective department will adjust the GPF amount within the prescribed limit in the remaining months.

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Moreover, if a government official or employee's GPF already exceeds Rs. 5 lakh during the financial year 2023-24, no further contributions will be made for the remaining months. To implement this rule, the finance department has relaxed its previous regulation, which mandated GPF contributions to be a minimum of five percent of the basic salary.

Previously, government officials and employees benefitted substantially from unrestricted GPF contributions, leveraging the high interest rates applicable to the amount deposited in GPF, significantly higher than those offered by other savings schemes in the country. The prevailing practice saw employees depositing a considerable portion of their salary into GPF each month, subsequently withdrawing funds as needed. During this period, interest accrued based on the deposit term was added to their accounts. Notably, individuals with salaries exceeding lakhs of rupees, whose expenses exceeded their salary alone, extensively utilized GPF deposits to maximize interest gains.

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