Minors above 10 years can now open and operate independently savings bank account and use other facilities like ATM, cheque books and internet banking
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday issued guidelines allowing minors above 10 years to operate bank accounts independently in order to promote financial inclusion and bring uniformity in opening of such accounts in banks.
Earlier the central bank had permitted minors to open fixed and savings deposit bank account with mothers as guardian.
Modifying its guidelines, the RBI said all minors can now open a savings, fixed and recurring bank deposit account through either his or her natural guardian or legally appointed guardian.
The minors who have attained 10 years of age, would be allowed to open and operate savings bank accounts independently.
"Banks may, however, keeping in view their risk management systems, fix limits in terms of age and amount up to which minors may be allowed to operate the deposit accounts independently," the RBI said.
Further, the banks can also decide on the minimum documents which are required for opening of accounts by minors.
"Banks are free to offer additional banking facilities like Internet banking, ATM/debit card and cheque book facility, subject to the safeguards that minor accounts are not allowed to be overdrawn and that these always remain in credit," the RBI said.
On attaining majority, the minor would be required to confirm the balance in his or her account.
RBI said, if the account was operated by the natural/legal guardian, fresh operating instructions and specimen signature of the minor should be obtained and kept on record for all operational purposes.
RBI, as part of a consumer protection initiative, has asked banks not to levy penalties on customers who don't maintain a minimum balance in any inoperative account
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday directed all banks not to levy penal charges for non-maintenance of minimum balances in any inoperative account.
Earlier, in its first bi-monthly monetary policy, the central bank has proposed certain measures towards consumer protection such as non-levy of penal charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance in any inoperative accounts.
Several banks, including the State Bank of India (SBI), do not levy any charge if the minimum balance is not maintained in an inoperative savings account.
In the first bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2014-15, the RBI had asked banks not to levy penal charges on customers who do not maintain minimum balance in basic savings bank accounts. RBI governor Dr Raghuram Rajan, however, had said that banks, instead of levying penal charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance in ordinary savings bank accounts, banks should limit services available on such accounts to those available to basic savings bank deposit accounts and restore the services when the balances improve to the minimum required level.
For operative accounts, customers of ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank are charged Rs750 per quarter if they don't maintain a minimum average quarterly balance of Rs10,000 in urban centres and Rs5,000 in semi-urban areas.
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