The Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) is a small deposit scheme by the Ministry of Finance exclusively for a girl child. SSY was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 22nd January 2015 as a part of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign. The scheme is meant to meet the education and marriage expenses of a girl child. Notified by the Government of India on 14th December 2014, this scheme encourages parents to build a fund for the future education and marriage expenses of their female child. One can apply for SSY through Post Offices or through the branches of Public Sector Banks and three Private Sector Banks viz. HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, and ICICI Bank. The account can be opened by a parent or legal guardian of the girl child. The girl child must be below the age of 10 years. Only one account is allowed for a girl child. A family can open only two SSY accounts. The Minimum Investment is ₹250 per annum; The Maximum Investment is ₹1,50,000 per annum. The Maturity Period is 21 years. For the period 01.04.2023 to 30.06.2023, the Rate of Interest is 8.0%. The principal amount deposited, interest earned during the entire tenure, and maturity benefits are tax-exempt. The principal amount is deductible under section 80C up to ₹1,50,000. Since the inception of the scheme, around 2.73 crore accounts have been opened under the scheme, having nearly ₹ 1.19 Lakh Crore deposits.
- The Minimum Investment is ₹250 per annum; The Maximum Investment is ₹1,50,000 per annum. The Maturity Period is 21 years.
- At present, SSY has several tax benefits and the highest rate of interest among all the Small Savings Schemes i.e. 8.0% (for the period 01.04.2023 to 30.06.2023).
- The principal amount deposited, interest earned during the entire tenure, and maturity benefits are tax-exempt under Section 80C.
- The account can be transferred anywhere in India from one post office/Bank to another.
- Interest payment even after maturity if the account is not closed.
- A premature withdrawal of up to 50% of investment is allowed after the child gains the age of 18 years even if she is not getting married.
- The account may be opened by one of the guardians in the name of a girl child, who has not attained the age of ten years as of the date of opening of the account.
- Every account holder shall have a single account under this Scheme.
- An account under this Scheme may be opened for a maximum of two girl children in one family: Provided that more than two accounts may be opened in a family if such children are born in the first or in the second order of birth or in both, on submission of an affidavit by the guardian supported with birth certificates of the twins/triplets regarding the birth of such multiple girl children in the first two orders of birth in a family. Provided further that the above proviso shall not apply to the girl child of the second order of birth if the first order of birth in the family results in two or more surviving girl children.
A Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) account can be opened at any participating bank or Post Office branch. To open the account, complete the steps outlined below:
- Go to the bank or Post Office where you want to open the account.
- Fill out the application form with the necessary information and attach any supporting papers.
- Pay the first deposit in cash, check, or demand draught. The payment can range between Rs.250 and Rs.1.5 lakh.
- Your application and payment will be processed by the bank or the Post Office.
- After processing, your SSY account will be activated. A passbook will be supplied for this account to commemorate the account’s opening.
- Birth certificate of the girl child
- Photo ID of applicant parent or legal guardian
- Address proof of applicant parent or legal guardian
- Other KYC proofs such as PAN, and Voter ID.
- SSY account opening form.
- A medical certificate has to be submitted in case multiple children are born under one order of birth.
- Any other documents that are requested by the bank or post office.