RBI levies ‘minimum charges’ on banks for RTGS and NEFT fund transfers and banks, in turn, levy charges on their customers. (Photographer: Kainaz Amaria/Bloomberg)

Fund Transfers Via RTGS, NEFT To Cost Less From July 1

The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday said it will waive all charges on fund transfer through Real Time Gross Settlement System and National Electronic Funds Transfer System from July 1 and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers from the same day.

Following up on the announcement made on June 6 after the bi-monthly monetary policy review, RBI said it has reviewed the various charges levied by it on the member banks for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems.

In order to provide an impetus to digital funds movement, the central bank further said it has been decided that with effect from July 1, 2019, processing charges and time varying charges levied on banks by RBI for outward transactions through RTGS and NEFT will be waived by the central bank.

“The banks are advised to pass on the benefits to their customers for undertaking transactions using the RTGS and NEFT systems with effect from July 1, 2019,” it said.

State Bank of India charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for transactions through NEFT and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS route. RTGS is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers while NEFT is used for fund transfers of up to Rs 2 lakh.

RBI levies “minimum charges” on banks for transactions routed through RTGS and NEFT, and banks, in turn, levy charges on their customers.

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