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RBI removes RTGS, NEFT charges: Joy for bank account holders! Transactions to get cheaper
RBI has done away with RTGS and NEFT routes to boost digital transactions and has asked banks to pass on the benefits. This comes as a major good news for bank customers.
In what comes as a major good news for bank customers, the Reserve Bank of India Thursday said that it has done away with charges on fund transfers through RTGS and NEFT routes to boost digital transactions and asked banks to pass on the benefits. This means that if the benefit is extended to customers, your bank transactions will get cheaper. The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers while the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System is used for fund transfers up to Rs 2 lakh.
In its statement on developmental and regulatory policies after the Monetary Policy Committee's meeting, the RBI said it levies minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through RTGS and NEFT system for other fund transfers. Banks, in turn, levy charges on their customers.
However, in a bid to give a push to digital transactions, it has been been decided to do away with the charges levied by the RBI for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems. "Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers. Instructions to banks in this regard will be issued within a week," the central bank said.
Country's largest bank SBI charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for transactions through NEFT and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS route.
Apart from this, the RBI has also decided to set up a committee to review the charges levied on the use of ATMs as the usage by the public has been growing significantly. "There have, however, been persistent demands to change the ATM charges and fees," the RBI noted. To address this issue, it has been decided to set up a committee involving all stakeholders, under the chairmanship of the Chief Executive Officer, Indian Banks' Association (IBA), to examine the entire gamut of ATM charges and fees.
The Committee is expected to submit its recommendations within two months of its first meeting, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das told reporters. The composition and terms of reference of the committee will be issued within a week, the central bank said.
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