You will still get interest after bank FD matures. What the rule says


In a review of unclaimed deposits with banks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday stated that customers can still earn interest after Term Deposit (TD) matures proceeds are unpaid.

“It has been decided that if a Term Deposit (TD) matures proceeds are unpaid, the amount left unclaimed with the bank shall attract rate of interest as applicable to savings account or the contracted rate of interest on the matured TD, whichever is lower,” the RBI stated in statement.

Earier, the rule on overdue domestic deposits stated that if a Term Deposit matures proceeds are unpaid, the amount left unclaimed with the bank shall attract rate of interest as applicable to savings deposits.

The amendment comes as unclaimed deposits with banks have been growing every year. By the end of FY19, the total value of unclaimed deposits soared to around 18,380 crore. A year back, the amount was 14,307 crore.

RBI classifies a deposit as unclaimed when a customer doesn’t make any transaction in the account for 10 years or more. Unclaimed deposits include such funds in current savings accounts, fixed deposits, other deposits (like recurring deposit, pay orders, etc) with banks.

All such money is transferred to RBI’s Depositor Education Awareness (DEA) Fund every month. In the financial year 2019-20, DEA fund was about 33,114 crore. Last year, it was 25,747 crore, according to the central bank’s annual report.

The money transferred to the fund by various banks is invested in instruments such as government securities by a committee set up by the RBI. The income thus earned is used for paying interest on the deposits as well as using it for investor awareness education purposes.

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