RBI removes charges on NEFT and RTGS transactions
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed any charges on RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement System) and NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) transactions on Thursday.
NEW DELHI: In an official notification, the RBI stated that it "levies minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through its Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers and the National Electronic Funds Transfer (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 Reserve Bank for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems. Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers. instructions in this regard will be issued within a week."
Additionally, a committee to review the ATM (Automated Teller Machines) interchange fee structure has been constituted as well. "Usage of ATMs by the public has been growing significantly. There have, however, been persistent demands to change the ATM charges and fees. In order to address these, 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. The composition and terms of reference of the committee will be issued within a week," the bank stated.
The RBI even reduced the repo rate - the rate at which it lends to banks - by 25 basis points (bps) to 5.75 per cent.