Defence Savings Certificates

Defence Savings Certificates

The Government of Pakistan introduced Defence Savings Certificate scheme in the year 1966. The scheme has specifically been designed to meet the future requirements of the depositors. This is 10 years’ maturity scheme.These certificates are available in the denominations of Rs.500/-, Rs.1000/-, Rs.5,000/-, Rs.10,000/-, Rs.50,000/-, Rs.100,000/-, Rs.500,000/- and Rs.1,000,000/-.

These certificates can be purchased by Pakistani Nationals as well as Foreign Nationals being a single adult, a minor, two adults in their joint names with the options of payable to the holders jointly (Joint-A ) or payable to either (Joint-B). An adult can also purchase these certificates on behalf of a single minor, two minors jointly or himself/herself with a minor jointly. Institutions may also invest individual funds such as pension, gratuity, superannuation, contributory provident funds and trusts etc.

These certificates can be purchased from any National Savings Centre (NSC), Pakistan Post Offices (PPO), Authorized branches of Scheduled Banks and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) by filling in a prescribed form called SC-1, which is available at all the above offices of issue free of cost. A copy of the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC), in case of overseas Pakistanis, a photocopy of National identity card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistan Origin Card (POC) or for a minor, a photocopy of Form B or child Registration Certificate (CRC) as issued by NADRA or in case of institutional investors an attested copy of NTN certificate or Institutional Registration Certificate (IRC).or in case of a foreign national, a copy of the Passport is required to be attached with the application form. To download application form in editable Adobe Acrobat format, please click here.

These certificates can be purchased by depositing cash or cheque / draft / pay-order at the issuing office or by presenting a cheque. The certificates shall immediately be issued on receipt of cash. However, in case of deposit through cheque / draft / pay-order the certificates shall be issued from the date of realization of the cheque / draft / pay-order after receipt of the clearance advice.

The minimum investment limit is Rs.500/-, however, there is no maximum investment limit in this scheme.

These certificates are encashable at par any time after the date of purchase. However, no profit is payable if encashment is made before completion of one year. The certificates issued/purchased/re-invested on or after 15.11.2010 shall not be re-invested on maturity.

NOTE: The encashment of certificate(s) may be allowed through a person duly authorized (in writing) by the investor on an authority letter under his / her signature provided that:- (a). The signatures of the authorized person are attested by the investor on the letter of authority; (b). The Officer Incharge of the NSC is personally satisfied that the authorized person is genuine and the certificate(s) is / are properly discharged under genuine signatures and both the signatures i.e. on the back of the certificate(s) and the letter of authority tally 100% with the specimen of the investor available on the record. (c). The receipt of the amount is got acknowledged from the authorized person on the reverse of certificate(s) personally by the Officer Incharge.

Under Section 151 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001  the rate of tax to be deducted shall be 10% of the yield / profit for Filers and 17.5% of the yield / profit paid for Non-Filers. Provided that for a non-filer, if the yield or profit paid is less than rupees five hundred thousand, the rate shall be 10%. The Zakat is collected at source as per rules.