Govt to revisit decision about rate cut of postal savings: finance minister | The Daily Star
08:10 PM, February 19, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:58 PM, February 19, 2020

Govt to revisit decision about rate cut of postal savings: finance minister

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal today said the government would revisit the decision to cut interest rate of postal saving scheme.

His comment came against the backdrop of the widespread concerns among savings certificate holders -- mainly pensioners and middle-class people, following the interest rate cut.

Kamal was talking to reporters after the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase at the Cabinet Division.

The government on February 13 slashed the interest rate on post office savings by half to facilitate implementation of the single-digit interest rate in the country's banking sector.

Finance Ministry's Internal Resources Division published a gazette notification with immediate effect. According to it, the interest rate on three-year fixed deposit was reduced to 6 percent from 11.28 percent on maturity.

The interest rate for the first year and second year of the deposit has been set at 5 percent and 5.5 percent from previous 10.20 percent and 10.70 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, the interest rate on savings in ordinary accounts of post office has also been reduced to 5 percent from 7.5 percent.

The decision triggered wide criticism from depositors. Economists said it would severely affect the middle-class and pension holders.

Mustafa Kamal, however, questioned the idea of keeping interest of saving certificates higher while bank interest rate is getting lower.

"If we keep the interest rate of saving instrument higher, banks won't be able to do business and none would deposit money in banks," he said.

"But I'll look into the matter. I do agree that in one push, the interest rate should not be slashed to half," he added.

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