The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) has waived NEFT, RTGS charges to promote Cashless Transactions. As per RBI guidelines, banks issue debit cards to customers in accordance with their Board approved the policy.
As per Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) Master Direction on Know Your Customer (KYC) dated 25.02.2016 (updated as on May 29, 2019), Banks obtain the Aadhaar number from an individual who is desirous of receiving any benefit or subsidy under any scheme notified under section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016). Banks, at receipt of the Aadhaar number from the customer may carry out authentication of the customer’s Aadhaar number using e-KYC authentication facility provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India upon receipt of the customer’s declaration that he is desirous of receiving any benefit or subsidy under any scheme notified under section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) in his account.
Further, banks carry out Aadhaar authentication/ off-line verification of an individual who voluntarily uses his Aadhaar number for verification purpose.
In order to give fillip to digital funds movement , RBI vide its circular on’ National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) and Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) systems– Waiver of charges dated 11.06.2019, has decided that with effect from July 1, 2019, processing charges and time-varying charges levied on banks by RBI for outward transactions undertaken using the RTGS system, as also the processing charges levied by RBI for transactions processed in NEFT system would be waived by the Reserve Bank of India . The banks have also been advised by RBI to pass on the benefits to their customers for undertaking transactions using RTGS and NEFT systems.
RBI vide it is Circular dated 14.08.2014 on rationalisation of the number of free transactions, has inter alia provided the following :
- A minimum of 5 free ATM transactions at a bank’s own ATM at any location and at any other bank’s ATM at the non-metro location is permitted.
- A minimum of three free transactions at any other bank’s ATM at six metro locations viz. Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkatta, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
- The ceiling on customer charges of Rs 20/- per transaction (plus service tax, if any) will be applicable.
Banks have also been advised by RBI to ensure that the charges structure on ATM transactions, as per their Board approved the policy, is informed to the customer in a fair and transparent manner.
This was stated by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.