Union finance ministry agreed to increase interest rate on provident fund (PF) deposits to 8.8 % from the existing 8.7%, on Friday.
Central Board of Trustees (CBT) had decided 8.8% interest rate, however, the finance ministry approved only 8.7 % interest on PF deposits citing lower earnings.
Several Central trade unions had strongly protested the finance ministry's move that would have affected over 5 crore subscribers of retirement body EPFO.
The Union labour ministry was pushing for 8.8 per cent interest rate. Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya had justified his ministry's decision to declare an 8.8% return on EPF savings.