What is Nidhi Company?

 nidhi company is a type of company in the Indian non-banking finance sector, recognized under section 406 of the Companies Act, 2013. Their core business is borrowing and lending money between their members. They are also known as Permanent Fund, Benefit  Funds, Mutual Benefit Funds and Mutual Benefit Company. They are regulated by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which is also empowered to issue directions to them in matters relating to their deposit acceptance activities. However, in recognition of the fact that these companies deal with their shareholder-members only. Nidhi means a company which has been incorporated with the object of developing the habit of thrift and reserve funds amongst its members and also receiving deposits and lending to its members only for their mutual benefit.
Nidhi companies existed even prior to the existence of companies Act 2013. The basic concept of nidhi is “Principle of Mutuality”.

Members Only Company

  • Its member only company, which means nidhi is for the members and by the members.
  • The outsider will not be allowed to intervene in Nidhi on any ways. Be it working of the Nidhi companies or depositing money with them or even avail credit from Nidhi.

Loan & Deposit Under Nidhi Company

Loan Under Nidhi Company
  • Nidhi can lend three types of loans; gold loan, property loan, others (LIC, FD etc).
  • Nidhi can lend secured loan @20% interest.
  • Nidhi can take legal action if any member failed to replay any sum of money.
Deposits Under Nidhi Company
  • Nidhi can accept three type of deposits; Fixed deposit (FD), recurring deposit (RD) & Savings.
  • Nidhi can pay interest upto 12.5% on FD & RD and upto 2% more than the rate payable by nationalized banks on savings account.
  • Nidhi can take deposits upto 20 times the funds invested.