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Friday, November 10, 2017

Additional Facilities To Senior Citizens And Aadhar Linkage

RBI Has issued guidelines to banks to extend door step facilities to senior citizens.

Mumbai, November 9: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has told banks to provide specialised service to senior citizens and differently abled persons through dedicated counters and doorstep banking. These instructions, which come against the backdrop of banks pushing digital transactions through alternative channels, have to be implemented by December 31, 2017.
In a circular to all banks, the RBI said that it has received complaints from this group of persons about being discouraged from availing banking facilities in branches. "Notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and differently abled persons," the circular said. It, however, did not mention whether banks will be allowed to charge extra for the doorstep banking services.
To address this issue, the RBI has asked banks to set up dedicated counters or preferential counters for this segment. Also, banks have been asked to upload into their core banking systems 'Life Certificates' submitted by pensioners in any branch and not just the pension-paying branch.
Besides the Life Certificate, the RBI has issued directions on other specific problems faced by seniors. For instance, banks will now have to provide chequebooks at the branch against a requisition slip and without insisting on the senior citizen account holder being present. Banks also have to provide them Form 15G/H once in a year (preferably in April) so that they meet the income tax deadlines.
In view of the difficulties faced by differently abled persons and senior citizens of over 70 years, banks have been asked to provide basic banking facilities, such as pick up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from account, delivery of demand drafts, submission of know your customer (KYC) documents and Life Certificate at the premises/residences of such customers.
In the case of customers who have completed the KYC process, banks have been asked to set up systems so that their accounts turn into 'senior citizen accounts' automatically on the basis of their date of birth.Mumbai, November 9: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has told banks to provide specialised service to senior citizens and differently abled persons through dedicated counters and doorstep banking. These instructions, which come against the backdrop of banks pushing digital transactions through alternative channels, have to be implemented by December 31, 2017.
In a circular to all banks, the RBI said that it has received complaints from this group of persons about being discouraged from availing banking facilities in branches. "Notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and differently abled persons," the circular said. It, however, did not mention whether banks will be allowed to charge extra for the doorstep banking services.
To address this issue, the RBI has asked banks to set up dedicated counters or preferential counters for this segment. Also, banks have been asked to upload into their core banking systems 'Life Certificates' submitted by pensioners in any branch and not just the pension-paying branch.
Besides the Life Certificate, the RBI has issued directions on other specific problems faced by seniors. For instance, banks will now have to provide chequebooks at the branch against a requisition slip and without insisting on the senior citizen account holder being present. Banks also have to provide them Form 15G/H once in a year (preferably in April) so that they meet the income tax deadlines.
In view of the difficulties faced by differently abled persons and senior citizens of over 70 years, banks have been asked to provide basic banking facilities, such as pick up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from account, delivery of demand drafts, submission of know your customer (KYC) documents and Life Certificate at the premises/residences of such customers.
In the case of customers who have completed the KYC process, banks have been asked to set up systems so that their accounts turn into 'senior citizen accounts' automatically on the basis of their date of birth.



Government simplifies Aadhaar-based verification of existing SIMs


  • Government has initiated measures including allowing re-verification at subscribers' doorstep and OTP authentication for linking SIM cards with Aadhaar
  • Operators have been asked to put in place an online mechanism for people to request for such service

Now, link all your insurance policies to Aadhaar and PAN

  • The regulator has made it mandatory for companies to link Aadhaar with every individual policy.
  • The directive is likely to pose a huge logistical challenge to insurance providers.
  • Supreme Court recently asked banks not to spread panic through text messages on deadlines for linking bank accounts to Aadhaar.


  • Copy of Circular issued by RBI is given below.

RBI/2017-18/89
DBR.No.Leg.BC.96/09.07.005/2017-18
November 9, 2017
All Scheduled Commercial Banks (including RRBs)
All Small Finance Banks and Payments Banks
Dear Sir/ Madam

Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies - October 4, 2017-Banking Facility for Senior Citizens and Differently abled Persons
Please refer to Paragraph 8 of Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies, released by Reserve Bank of India on October 4, 2017 as part of Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2017-18, a copy of which is enclosed. It has been observed that there are occasions when banks discourage or turn away senior citizens and differently abled persons from availing banking facilities in branches. Notwithstanding the need to push digital transactions and use of ATMs, it is imperative to be sensitive to the requirements of senior citizens and differently abled persons.
2. In view of the above, banks are required to put in place appropriate mechanism with the following specific provisions for meeting the needs of such customers so that they are able to avail of the bank’s services without difficulty.
(a) Dedicated Counters/Preference to Senior Citizens, Differently abled persons
Banks are advised to provide a clearly identifiable dedicated counter or a counter which provides priority to senior citizens and people who are differently abled including visually impaired persons.
(b) Ease of submitting Life Certificate
As per extant guidelines issued by Department of Government and Bank Accounts, in addition to the facility of Digital Life Certificate under “Jeevan Praman” Scheme (refer circular DGBA.GAD.H-2529/45.01.001/2014-15 dated December 9, 2014), pensioners can submit physical Life Certificate form at any branch of the pension paying bank.
However, it is observed that often the same is not updated promptly by the receiving branch in the Core Banking Solution (CBS) system of the bank, resulting in avoidable hardship to the pensioners. It is, therefore, advised that banks shall ensure that when a Life Certificate is submitted in any branch, including a non-home branch, of the pension paying bank, the same is updated/ uploaded promptly in CBS by the receiving branch itself, to avoid any delay in credit of pension.
(c) Cheque Book Facility
(i) Banks shall issue cheque books to customers, whenever a request is received, through a requisition slip which is part of the cheque book issued earlier.
(ii) Banks are advised to provide minimum 25 cheque leaves every year, if requested, in savings bank account, free of charge.
(iii) Banks shall not insist on physical presence of any customer including senior citizens and differently abled persons for getting cheque books.
(iv) Banks may also issue cheque books, on requisition, by any other mode as per bank’s laid down policy.
It is further clarified that providing such facility in BSBDA will not render the account to be classified as non-BSBDA (c.f. Bank’s response to query number 14 and 24 of our circular “DBOD.No. Leg. BC.52/09.07.005/2013-14 dated September 11, 2013 on Financial Inclusion – Access to Banking Services - BSBDA – FAQs”).
(d) Automatic conversion of status of accounts
Presently, in some banks, even fully KYC - compliant accounts are not automatically converted into ‘Senior Citizen Accounts’ on the basis of date of birth maintained in the bank’s records. Banks are advised that a fully KYC compliant account should automatically be converted into a ‘Senior Citizen Account’ based on the date of birth available in bank’s records.
(e) Additional Facilities to visually impaired customers
Banks are advised that the facilities provided to sick/old/incapacitated persons vide Paragraph 9 of our Master Circular DBR.No.Leg.BC.21/09.07.006/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on Customer Service in Banks (regarding operations of accounts through identification of thumb/toe impression/mark by two independent witnesses and authorising a person who would withdraw the amount on behalf of such customers) shall also be extended to the visually impaired customers.
(f) Ease of filing Form 15G/H
Banks are advised to provide senior citizens and differently abled persons Form 15G/H once in a year (preferably in April) to enable them to submit the same, where applicable, within the stipulated time.
(g) Door Step Banking
We have issued instructions on Doorstep Banking vide circular DBOD.No.BL.BC.59/22.01.010/2006-2007 dated February 21, 2007 under Section 23 of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. However, in view of the difficulties faced by senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently abled or infirm persons (having medically certified chronic illness or disability) including those who are visually impaired, banks are advised to make concerted effort to provide basic banking facilities, such as pick up of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from account, delivery of demand drafts, submission of Know Your Customer (KYC) documents and Life certificate at the premises/ residence of such customers.

3. Banks are advised to implement these instructions by December 31, 2017 in letter and spirit and give due publicity in their bank branches and website.
Yours faithfully
(Saurav Sinha)


Chief General Manager



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