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Stock investments: EPFO to watch results before hike to 15%

On Thursday, Minister of Finance for State Jayant Sinha expressed hope the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will increase its investments in stock market from 5 per cent of its incremental deposits to 15 per cent.

The contribution of central government is calculated at the rate of 1.16 per cent of the monthly wages of the members contributing to the scheme.
The comments come as EPFO said on Thursday it would invest in stocks this year for the first time.
The investment would begin with 1 per cent of EPF-related money which could eventually go up to 15 per cent, Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said.
However, these employers would have to make payments electronically through Internet banking after September this year.
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