Families of AF personnel who die in harness and retiring personnel get substantial benefits. Timely and proper advise, on judicious investment of lumpsum money received is not readily available to the families/retiring members. As a result, in a number of cases regular income is not forthcoming which affects the life standard of the family adversely. Quite often bereaved families/retired personnel are duped of the money. With a view to assist personnel in investing their funds at good rate of interest combined with safety, the AFGIS has launched an Investment Scheme with effect from 01 Dec 91.
The Scheme is open to the Retired members (including SSC officers)/widows and NoK (minor children / major unmarried daughters) of air warriors who are eligible to draw family pension.
The following schemes are available to the depositors for investment.
The Society will accept deposits in multiples of Rs. 10,000/- the minimum acceptable amount being Rs. 50,000/-.The maximum amount of deposit will be limited to the aggregate of terminal benefits (i.e. Gratuity / Commutation/Leave Encashment / SB of GIS/DSOP/AFPPF) received from all sources. The amount of investment from past retirees/widows will be restricted only to the extent of terminal benefits they have received at the time of their retirement/death of spouse. Proof of terminal benefit receipts are to be attached along with the application for deposit by the members at the time of joining the scheme. Income earned from any other sources other than the interest earned on the deposits made in IAFSSD Scheme will not be accepted for investment under this scheme.
The depositor may either indicate the amount of investment they wish to make out of the amount due to them from AFGIS or send the same separately to the Society by demand draft or multicity cheques of any Bank drawn in favour of "Air Force Group Insurance Society". Amount required to be invested can also be transferred directly through RTGS. Interest will be payable from the date the draft/cheque is credited in the account of AFGIS.
(Click to see) (23.2 KB) Interest rates offered by AFGIS are governed by the decisions of the Board of Trustees from time to time. The rate so revised will be implemented prospectively not retrospectively. Thus the existing deposits made prior to the date of revision will earn the existing pre-revised rate of interest till the date of maturity/ pre-mature liquidation
The deposit will be initially for a period of three years extendable by 1/2/3 year(s) optionally. Members will have to indicate their willingness to renew the deposit at least one month before they are due. Members have the option to renew principal amount only or full amount including interest at the time of renewal of deposit. FDRs duly discharged are to be submitted by the member to the Society for renewal / redemption.
If the deposit(s) is/are not encashed/ renewed on maturity, the same will be automatically renewed for a period of three years under cumulative scheme. In case of premature withdrawal savings bank rate will be paid if deposits are prematurely withdrawn before completion of one year. If the deposit is withdrawn after one year then the deposit will earn 1% less interest as declared for that financial year. Later, on the request of the member the same can be renewed for a full tenure in the type of the scheme as requested by the member. In such cases savings bank rate of interest will be credited on the said deposits from the date of automatic renewal upto the receipt of the letter from the member for further renewal of three years.
Premature withdrawal of deposits is permissible to meet unforeseen financial commitments. The member, however, will lose 1% interest from the date of deposit if withdrawal is made after completion of one year. Interest at the prevalent bank rate for fixed deposits of such duration will be payable if deposits are prematurely withdrawn before completion of one year. In renewal cases, the member will lose only 1% interest from the date of renewal.
Part Premature withdrawal of the deposit amount can also be made. In such case loss of interest as mentioned in para above will be applicable only on the withdrawn amount and not the entire Fixed Deposit amount.
The depositor would be required to make nomination in para 4 of application form in favour of a person to receive the deposit in the event of the death of the depositor.
Income Tax and surcharge at the applicable rate as decided by Govt. (CBDT) from time to time would be deducted at source on total interest, if the interest payable exceeds prescribed limits in a year or as decided by Govt. In the case of members holding multiple deposits, total interest payable will be considered for calculating the income tax dues. However, Income Tax will not be deducted at source by AFGIS in case the depositors give a declaration on Form 15 -H under Section 197 (A)(i) of the Income Tax ACT, 1961 before 31st March every year (for the following financial year) and at the time maturity / withdrawal.
Loan facility up to 75% of the deposits is available against the Fixed Deposit. The rate of interest for the loan under the scheme will be floating. The rate of interest will be charged 1% higher than the rate of interest declared on the Non-Cumulative Scheme for the year. The Loan is to be repaid in equated monthly installment (EMI) up to maximum of 120 installments.
Members can change over from one scheme to another after completion of one year from the date of deposit. This facility is available only once during the tenure of deposit without levying any penalty.