The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley re-launched the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) here today in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communication and IT. Increasing savings rate in the economy was one of the priorities of the new Government on assuming charge. In view of the popular demand and to revitalize Small Savings, the Finance Minister in para 27 of his Budget Speech announced that “Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) a very popular instrument among small savers will be reintroduced The instrument will encourage people, who may have banked and unbanked savings to invest”. Accordingly, it is decided to reintroduce Kisan Vikas Patras (KVPs). KYC norms regarding all National Savings Schemes (NSS) are now applicable in post offices and banks w.e.f. January, 2012.
The re-launched Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will be available to the investors in the denomination of Rs. 1000, 5000, 10,000 and 50,000, with no upper ceiling on investment. The certificates can be issued in single or joint names and can be transferred from one person to any other person / persons, multiple times. The facility of transfer from one post office to another anywhere in India and of nomination will be available. The certificate can also be pledged as security to avail loans from the banks and in other case where security is required to be deposited. Initially the certificates will be sold through post offices, but the same will soon be made available to the investing public through designated branches of nationalised banks.
Kisan Vikas Patras have unique liquidity feature, where an investor can, if he so desires, encash his certificates after the lock-in period of 2 years and 6 months and thereafter in any block of six months on pre-determined maturity value. The investment made in the certificate will double in 100 months.