The Indian Government has expanded the PPF schemes from nationalized banks, post offices to major private banks in India so that PPF scheme is accessible to more people in India.
HDFC is the latest bank to join in providing PPF scheme to mobilize retirement savings in India. The PPF Scheme offers an investment opportunity with decent returns coupled with income tax benefits in India.
Some of the major banks allowed to open PPF are – HDFC, SBI and its associated banks, ICICI, PNB, Andhra Bank, BOB – Bank of Baroda, Central Bank of India, Vijaya Bank, Allahadbad Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Canara Bank, Axis Bank, Indian Bank etc.
A PPF account can be opened at all HDFC bank branches throughout India. Now, even you can apply on netbanking by filing basic details but you need to visit the branch once to complete the formalities.
1. Documents checklist: Get the basic documents ready before visiting to the bank branch. Documents including ID proof, Address proof, two photographs etc. Carry original documents to the bank branch for quick verification and process.
ID proof can be any one of the following like Passport, PAN card, Driving license, Voter ID card etc.
Address proof can be any one of the following like Telephone bill, Ration card, EB bill etc.
2. Visit any HDFC branch: Visit the nearest HDFC branch and ask them for a PPF account opening form (Form A). Then, fill the form A and submit the supporting documents along with your photographs. All the submitted documents needs to be self attested.
Once PPF is opened, you will be issued a PPF Account passbook from HDFC branch.
Now that your PPF account in HDFC is opened, you can invest your money in your PPF account by offline and online payments.
The HDFC bank offers online fund transfer from the individual’s savings account to their PPF account or you can also avail Standing Instruction facility like auto-debit or ECS can be set online for making PPF contribution.
You can also deposit cash in your PPF account by visiting any of the HDFC bank branches.
You need to furnish a separate form for auto-debit or ECS form along with your PPF account opening form and mention the amount to be deducted and the time intervals at which this should be deducted. Minimum deposit of Rs 500 and maximum of Rs 1,50,000 can be deposited in a Financial Year with a maximum of 12 transactions allowed.
PPF account can be transferred from any post office or from one bank to another bank easily. In case if you want to transfer your existing PPF account from post office or other designated bank like SBI, ICICI to HDFC bank then you requires to submit PPF transfer request in the bank/post office where your PPF account is held.
The Post office/bank will then arrange to send all the PPF account related original documents to HDFC Bank branch address provided by the customer. PPF related original documents including certified copy of the account, nomination form, Cheque/DD of the outstanding balance etc.
Once PPF transfer documents are received by HDFC branch, the official will inform customer about the receipt of documents. Then customer needs to submit fresh PPF account opening form, Nomination form, along with the existing original PPF passbook. This PPF account will be considered as a continued PPF account by HDFC.
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