RBI asks banks to pay 8% interest for delay in crediting pensions
The central bank decided to delink the penal interest levied for delayed credit of pension, revised pension and arrears from the bank rate plus 2% and charge a fixed interest rate of 8% on such delays
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked all agency banks to compensate all pensioners, including non-state resident pensioners at a fixed rate of 8% for delay in credit of their pension, revised pension or arrears for the delayed period beyond due date.
Replying to a complaint filed by Commodore Lokesh Batra, the central bank issued these instructions to agency banks. Commodore Batra has complained about the delay in receiving revised pension of pre-2005 to defence commissioned officers and family pensioners.
Recently, the RBI aligned the bank rate, which was kept at 6% to the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and at present stands at 9.5% and whenever there is an adjustment in MSF rate, the central bank would align bank rate accordingly, RBI said in a notification.
It said, “It has now been decided to delink the penal interest levied for delayed credit of pension, revised pension and arrears from the bank rate plus 2% and charge a fixed interest rate of 8% on such delays. The rate will be subject to review by RBI as considered appropriate”.
The central bank also directed all nationalised banks, IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank to implement instructions issued by the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) in circular no500 on 17 January 2013 about revision of pension of pre-2006 defence commissioned officers and family pensioners.
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