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No documentary proof required for GPF advance, withdrawal: Government

LiveMint logoLiveMint 12-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: No documentary proof is required for getting advance or withdrawal from General Provident Fund (GPF), the minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday in New Delhi.

The government has simplified and liberalised the conditions for taking advance from the fund for education, illness and purchase of consumer durables with effect from 7 March 2017.

“Conditions and procedures for withdrawal from the fund for the purpose of education, illness, housing, purchase of motor vehicles etc. have also been liberalised. “No documentary proof is required to be submitted now for advance and withdrawal applications. A simple declaration by the subscriber is sufficient,” the minister said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

A time limit for sanction and payment of advance or withdrawal has also been fixed, said Singh.

He said there is no proposal under consideration of the government to increase/link the rate of interest on GPF at parity with that of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF).

“The interest rates on EPF are decided on the recommendations of the Central Board of Trustees taking into account the yearly income from the investment made by EPFO. The GPF interest rate is presently fixed at par with that of PPF interest rate,” said Singh.

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