Sukanya Samriddhi Account Opening Target in Chennai
As per latest news published in thehindu.com, Department of post is targeting to open 4.5 lakh accounts under this Sukanya Samriddhi Account New Saving Scheme launched recently.
The Postmaster General, Chennai City Region Mr. Mervin Alexander conveyed the same recently that across Tamil Nadu they will target a huge number of account opening under this financial year.
To take off this massive scheme a huge planning and campaigning is needed. For that Mr. Mervin’s team has launched a special campaign for opening new SSA accounts under the Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme at the Vellore Head Post Office on Wednesday.
As per last update, already 15,000 Sukanya Samriddhi accounts has been already opened under this special scheme launched by Mr. Mervin Alexander.
You can find him in the below picture with a girl child holding a Sukanya Samriddhi Account passbook after opening her account in post office.
Gazette notification taken from thehindu.com
“The gazette notification was issued in December. We launched the scheme at Mylapore HPO on January 30. So far, 8,000 accounts have been opened
In Chennai City Region that comprises seven districts. The target for the region is 1.5 lakh accounts this financial year,” he told reporters. Vellore Postal Division, which has 47 post offices, has so far opened 800 accounts under the scheme, coined as “Selvamagal Semipu Account”. “
The accounts can be opened at all post offices including branch offices,” he said. There are two categories of post offices – department post offices and branch post offices in villages.
“In Chennai city region, there are 575 department post offices and 1,650 branch post offices,” he mentioned. The Central government has already directed Kendriya Vidyalayas and other CBSE schools to inform the students about the scheme so that they will in turn tell their parents.
The department also plans to reach out to parents/guardians of girl children aged up to 10 years through State government schools, post men and auditors.
Under the scheme, the parents/legal guardians of girl children up to age of 10 years can open the account. Accounts for two children can be opened. This year alone, children aged 11 years too can be enrolled.
Mr. Alexander said the scheme was flexible with multiple options including monthly interest.
The minimum deposit for opening the account is Rs. 1,000, and a maximum amount of Rs. 1.50 lakh can be deposited in a year.
This year, the rate of interest is 9.1 per cent. However, he hoped that better interest rates will be fixed in the coming years too.
Deposit can be made till completion of 14 years from date of opening. In case of one year discontinuation, the account can be regularised on payment of Rs. 50 as penalty.