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Replace “no-frills” account with savings bank account: RBI to banks

While there will be no limit on the number of deposits that can be made in a month, basic savings bank account holders will be allowed a maximum of four withdrawals in a month, including through ATMs


Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday asked banks to drop the “no-frills” tag from the basic saving accounts as the nomenclature has become a stigma, reports PTI.
 
It has asked the banks to provide zero balance facility in the basic banking accounts along with ATM-cum-debit cards without any extra charge.
 
“With a view to doing away with the stigma associated with the nomenclature “no-frills” account and making the basic banking facilities available in a more uniform manner across banking system, it has been decided to modify the guidelines on opening of basic banking “no-frills” accounts,” RBI said in a circular to the scheduled commercial banks.
 
The central bank had introduced “no-frills” accounts in 2005 to provide basic banking facilities to the poor and promote financial inclusion. The accounts could be maintained without or with very low minimum balance.
 
RBI has asked the banks to convert the existing “no-frills” accounts into “basic savings bank deposit accounts” (SB).
 
While there will be no limit on the number of deposits that can be made in a month, basic savings bank deposit account holders will be allowed a maximum of four withdrawals in a month, including through ATMs.
 
“This account shall not have the requirement of any minimum balance... Further, no charge will be levied for non-operation/activation of in-operative basic savings bank deposit account,” RBI said.
 
As per the modified guidelines, the services available in these accounts will include receipt of money through electronic payment channels or by cheques issued by government agencies.
 
This would also help those covered under the welfare schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in receiving payments.

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Ratan Tata seeks employees’ co-operation to take on M&M challenge

At the end of the June quarter, the market share of Tata Motors in the car segment stood under 10%


Mumbai: Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata yesterday said he has “great respect” for the Mahindras but is also ‘saddened’ and ‘shamed’ that Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has overtaken Tata Motors in the market sweepstakes, reports PTI.
 
“I have a great respect for what Mahindra & Mahindra has been able to do. I also have a certain degree of sadness and shame that we have let that happen here,” Mr Tata told the 67th annual general meeting (AGM) of the country’s largest auto company last evening.
 
Incidentally, this was Mr Tata’s last AGM as the chairman of Tata Motors, as he is slated to retire as chairman from the $100 billion Tata Group in December.
 
At the end of the June quarter, the market share of Tata Motors in the car segment stood under 10%. The company, however, is the largest commercial vehicle maker with over 65% market share in the first quarter.
 
Calling for introspection, Mr Tata said the company will do everything to win back leadership position in car segment.
 
“I think we have a great deal of introspection to do, as to why M&M should be ahead of us and us catching up, on the horse-power we have lacked it, but we should have been there and not them.
 
“So I hope the spirit of this company will ensure that we undertake every step to get back to the prominent position and not let a competitor do better than us, by being first in everything we do,” Mr Tata said.
 
Tata Motors, which is the largest auto company in India, apart from being the fourth largest commercial vehicle maker in the world, will have to “single-mindedly” retain and protect its market position across all segments, he said.
 
“Tata Motors will have to understand customers better and will have to pay attention to the product offerings as well as customer support... will have to sustain and retain the market share. Failure to do so will see us slipping,” Mr Tata said, adding that “I hope the employees will rise to the occasion in spirit to meet the needs of the changing times.”
 
Promising shareholders that Tata Motors will take all efforts to improve its fortunes in the domestic market, Mr Tata said “We will undertake steps to get back to leadership position. Already we support our products after 10 years after the date of purchase”.
 
Stating that steps are already underway to arrest the slide, he said that Tata Motors is introducing very competitive range of commercial vehicles, which can compete ‘admirably’ with international CV makers like Merc, Volvo, and the Mahindra Navistar.
 
Mr Tata said that Tata Motors, which is the world’s fifth largest CV maker, will have to “single-mindedly” retain and protect its market position across all segments and any failure to do so will see them slipping.
 
Seeking employees’ support, he said: “I hope the employees will rise to the occasion in spirit to meet the needs of changing times.”
 
On fuels, Mr Tata said diesel has really become the fuel of the future. “Both in terms of fuel economy, torque diesel is today good. In fact, diesel is going to really become the engine of the future, so everyone is working on diesel.”

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Issue multi-city cheques, don’t levy charges: RBI to banks

“All CBS-enabled banks are hereby advised to issue only ‘payable at par’/‘multi-city’ CTS 2010 standard cheques to all eligible customers,” the RBI said in a notification


Mumbai: With a view to improving customer services and speeding up fund transfer, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday asked all core banking solutions (CBS)-enabled banks to issue multi-city cheques to all eligible customers and refrain from levying clearing charges on them, reports PTI.
 
“All CBS-enabled banks are hereby advised to issue only ‘payable at par’/‘multi-city’ CTS 2010 standard cheques to all eligible customers,” RBI said in a notification.
 
A ‘payable at par’ or ‘multi-city’ cheque of a bank can be cleared by any branch of the same bank in the country. The process has significantly reduced the outstation cheque clearance time.
 
The notification has also directed the banks not to levy any charge for clearance of such multi-city cheques.
 
“Since such cheques (payable at par) are cleared as local cheques in clearing houses, customers should not be levied extra charges”, it added.
 
RBI has issued these directives in view of complaints that certain banks were issuing multi-city cheques with value cap or only to high net-worth customers.
 
“Instances of levying intersol charges when such cheques are cleared at other than the base branch city have also come to our notice,” it added.
 
The central bank in October 2007 had asked the CBS-enabled banks to make available the facility ‘payable at par’/‘multi-city’ cheques to all eligible and requesting customers.
 
There are about 35,000 CBS enabled branches.
 
The initiative was aimed at using the technology to speed up movement of funds throughout the country and also to improve customer services.
 
RBI has also asked the banks to put in place the appropriate board approved risk management procedures based on risk categorisation of accounts and post the updated policy in the regard on their websites.

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COMMENTS

MK Gupta

5 years ago

Even earlier also, RBI had issued the circular DPSS.CO.CHD.No./1112/04.07.05/2011-12 dated December 27, 2011, followed by the Circular No.RBI/2012-13/190DPSS.CO.CHD.No. 399/04.07.05/2012-13 dt. 3.9.2012 on Standardisation and Enhancement of Security Features in Cheque Forms-Migrating to CTS 2010 standards and, despite this, no PSU bank, including and especially the State Bank of India cared to follow these guidelines. In fact, SBI, in open disregard to and with utter contempt towards the Guidelines of the RBI continued (and still does continue) follow its own rules inter alia in respect of the so called “Home Account” and :”Non-Home A/c” transactions and levy prohibitive charges on the latter. As per the Circular dt. 27.12.2011 itself, all SB customers of all Banks including the SBI ought to have extended the facility of issuing Multi City charges and, by continuing to disregard the same, even in utter disregard for the Circular dt. 3.9.2012 in accordance with which the said facility was automatically available to all customers of SBI w.e.f. 1.10.2012, the bank has illegally and unethically collected from the hapless account holders huge charges which, in legal terms, constitute “UNJUST ENRICHMENT” and must be refunded to all concerned. The amount must be running into hundreds of crores, if judged by the separate huge ques outside all SBI branches (especially in the tiny Kalkaji branch of SBI in Delhi) of the labour class people from outside the NCT seeking to deposit or withraw into/from their “Non-Home” a/cs!

Will SBI refund the income illegally earned and unjustly enrich itself by ignoring with contempt the Guidelines of the central Bank of India?

I would request Moneylife to make a special study on this and with speciasl reference to the anti-people attitude of SBI for the public at large and its readers.

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