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Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana- A Scheme for the Girl Child

Updated on October 17, 2019 , 4536 views

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Scheme was launched in the year 2015 with an aim to encourage the parents to secure the future for their daughters. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi launched this scheme under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign. It is a small deposit scheme that is meant to meet the education and marriage expenses of the girl child.

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account is targeted towards the minor girl child. The account can be opened by the parents or legal guardian in the name of the girl from her birth to any time before she turns 10 years old. This scheme is operative for 21 years from the date of opening. A partial withdrawal up to 50 percent of the SSY account balance is allowed to meet education expenses of the girl child till she attains 18 years of age.

Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme Eligibility Criteria

  • Only girl children are eligible to have a Sukanya Samriddhi account
  • During the account opening, the girl child should be less than 10 years’ old
  • While opening the SSY account, the age proof of the girl child is mandatory

A parent can open a maximum of two accounts under the Sunkanya Samriddhi Scheme, one for each daughter (if they have two daughters). In case if there is twin girls from the first or second delivery, the scheme allows parents to open a third account, if they have another daughter.

Parameters Details
Name Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
Account Type Small Savings Scheme
Launch Date 22nd January 2015
Launched By PM Narendra Modi
Target Audience Girl Child
End Date NA
Country India
Current Interest Rate FY 2017-18 - 8.4%
SSY Opening Age Limit 10 years & less
Deposit Limit Minimum INR 1,000 to Max 1.5 lakh

Documents Required for Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme

Documents required to open a Sukanya Samriddhi Account are as follows:

  • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Form
  • Birth certificate of the girl child (account beneficiary)
  • Identity proof of the depositor (parents or legal guardian) like passport, PAN card, Election ID, Matriculation Certificate, etc.
  • Address proof of the depositor (parents or legal guardian) like electricity or telephone bill, ration card, passport, driving license, election card, etc.

The Sukanya Samriddhi account can be opened in the post office or with the authorized banks by the RBI by submitting these details along with the deposit of INR 1,000 by the parent of the guardian of the girl child. Generally, all the banks that provide the facility to open a PPF (Public Provident Fund) account offer Sukanya Smariddhi Yojana too.

  • Post office means any post office in India that are doing savings bank work and are authorized to open a SSY account under these rules
  • Bank means any bank authorized by the Reserve Bank of India to open a SSY account under these rules.
  • The depositor is a term for an individual who, on behalf of the girl child, deposits money in an account under the rules
  • The guardian is a person who is either the parents of the girl child or a person entitled under law to take care of the property of the girl child until she turns 18.

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Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Details

Minimum Deposit

A minimum deposit into Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Scheme is of INR 1,000 is required every year.

Maximum Deposit in SSY

The maximum amount that can be deposited in the scheme in a year is INR 1.5 lakh per Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account.

Interest Rate

The interest rate of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account is notified from time to time by the Finance Ministry of India. The interest rate for the financial year 2017-18 is 8.4%, and it is compounded on an annual basis.

Maturity of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana Scheme

SSY scheme matures when the girl completes her 21 years from the date of opening. On maturity, the balance, along with the interest outstanding in the account, will be payable to the account holder. If SSY account is not closed after maturity, the balance amount will continue to earn interest. Point to note is that the account will automatically close if the girl child gets married before the completion of the tenure of 21 years.

Sukanya Samriddhi Account Deposit Period

From the date of opening, the deposits can be made up to 14 years. After this period, the account will only earn interest as per applicable rates.

Premature Withdrawal

A premature withdrawal can be made after the girl child attains the age of 18 years. This withdrawal will also be limited to 50 percent of the balance standing at the end of the preceding financial year.

Sukanya Samriddhi Account Reactivation

The SSY account will turn inactive if the requirement of the minimum annual deposit of INR 1,000 is not met. Though, the account can be reactivated by paying a penalty INR 50 per year, along with the minimum deposit amount required for that year.

Loan Facility

No loan facility is available under this scheme.

Tax Benefits in Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme

Currently, any amount deposited in Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana scheme account would be exempted from tax till a maximum of INR 1.5 lakh under 80C of IT Act, 1961. The maturity and interest amount of this scheme is also exempted from Income Tax. Moreover, the amount matured at the time of the account/scheme closer would be completely tax free.

Mode of Deposit in SSY Scheme

The deposit in the SSY account can be made in cash or by submitting the cheque or through the Demand Draft (DD). A user can also deposit the money through electronic means (e-transfers), if there is a Core Banking Solution available at the post office or the bank.

Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme- Benefits

Some of the key advantages of the scheme are as follows:

  • The best and highest in market fixed interest rates
  • The maturity amount to be given to the girl child
  • Tax benefits under Section 80C of Income Tax Act
  • Minimum deposit amount of just INR 1,000. The user can later increase the deposit option in multiples of INR 100
  • Easy transfer. In case of relocation, the account can be easily transferred to any bank or post office in the country.
All efforts have been made to ensure the information provided here is accurate. However, no guarantees are made regarding correctness of data. Please verify with scheme information document before making any investment.
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