ISLAMABAD - Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has achieved Rs171 billion savings till second months of last quarter of current fiscal year, from July 1 to May 08, 2016-17.

The target for the year 2016-17 was Rs228 billion, while the Directorate managed to achieve Rs218 billion for the previous fiscal year, a CDNS official told APP here. He said the CDNS had notified upward revision in the profit rates for various saving certificates to benefit its investors especially the widow and pensioners, which had been applicable from February 1, 2017.

"The instant revision was made in the backdrop of current market scenario and in accordance with the government's policy to provide market based competitive rate of return to the investors of National Savings", he said. He said that as per the notification issued by the federal government, the new rates for Defence Savings Certificate, Special Saving Certificate and Account, Regular Income Certificate and Savings Accounts had been revised upward at an average of 7.54 percent, 6.03 percent, 6.54 percent and 3.95 percent, respectively.

The official said the profit rate of return for specialised savings schemes like Bahbood Savings Certificates and Pensioners' Benefit Account had also been revised up and fixed at 9.36 percent to provide safety net to specialised segments of the society. The CDNS had launched its modernisation plan in collaboration with National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT) for facilitating the customers, he added.