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RBI scraps charges on NEFT, RTGS transfers

New Delhi, Jun 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:47:16 PM IST

The Reserve Bank of India Thursday announced it was waiving off charges that are applied on bank transfers carried out either by National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) or Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS). The central bank asked consumer banks to pass on this benefit to customers, essentially asking banks to NEFT and RTGS transfers free of cost.

There may be even more good news for customers as far as charges on transactions are concerned. The RBI announced it was setting up a panel to review charges imposed by banks on ATM withdrawals.

These announcements were made at the end of the RBI’s bi-monthly monetary policy meeting. The RBI announced a reduction of 25 basis points in the repo rate. The repo rate, which is the interest rate at which the central bank lends money to commercial banks, now stands at 5.75 per cent. The RBI’s rate cut see interest rates on home and car loans come down.

While announcing the scrapping of charges on RTGS and NEFT transactions, the RBI said it was doing so to boost digital transactions.

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.

The State Bank of India (SBI) currently charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for NEFT transactions and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS

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.

In order to provide an impetus to digital funds movement, it has been decided to do away with the charges levied by the RBI for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems, it said.

“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.

 

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