Minimize number of free cheque books issued to individuals: RBI
The Reserve bank of India (RBI) has recommended in its discussion paper that the number of free cheque books given per year to individuals may be kept to a minimum and instead they should be encouraged to use electronic payments.
As per central bank’s recommendations:
- Banks may levy moderate or steep charges on cheques issued beyond this minimum number.
- In case of fresh loans, post-dated cheques (PDCs) should be completely stopped and repayments should be only through electronic payments, with suitable conditions for late payment and non-payments, which should be disclosed upfront.
- Current PDCs should be converted to electronic payment mandates within a prescribed timeline.
- Credit card dues should be paid electronically. In case cardholders make payments of dues using cheques, then the issuing banks may levy high convenience charge.
- Banks may set some amount/value limit for cheques issued by individuals. Such charges may be higher than the charges levied on electronic payments of similar value.
- Banks may levy a processing charge in case of individuals who have invested in shares/debentures/bonds and have not opted for receiving dividend/interest directly into their bank accounts, deposits the cheque into their bank account for collection.
- Cheque collection boxes at public places should be discouraged and should be provided only at bank branches.