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Public outcry forces SBI to cut minimum balance to Rs 3,000

THE ASIAN AGE. | PAWAN BALI
Published : Sep 26, 2017, 6:32 am IST
Updated : Sep 26, 2017, 9:38 am IST

The revised requirement and charges will become applicable from the month of October 2017.

The bank has now decided to exempt pensioners, beneficiaries of social benefits from the government and accounts of minors from non-maintenance of  MAB.
 The bank has now decided to exempt pensioners, beneficiaries of social benefits from the government and accounts of minors from non-maintenance of MAB.

New Delhi: Under public pressure, state-owned SBI on Monday announced that it has revised the minimum Monthly Average Balance (MAB) requirement to Rs 3,000 against `5,000 in metros and also brought down penalties for non-adherence.

The minimum monthly average balance in semi-urban remains at Rs 2,000 and rural at Rs 1,000.

The bank has now decided to exempt pensioners, beneficiaries of social benefits from the government and accounts of minors from non-maintenance of  MAB.

It said that the penalty for non-maintenance of MAB have also been revised downward ranging from 20 per cent to 50 per cent across all population groups and categories. The charges at semi-urban and rural centres range from Rs 20 to Rs 40 and at urban and metro centres from Rs 30 to Rs 50.

The revised requirement and charges will become applicable from the month of October 2017.

Earlier, in the metros, the bank was charging Rs 100 plus GST if the balance fell below 75 per cent of the MAB of Rs 5,000. If the shortfall was 50 per cent or less, the penalty charge was Rs 50 plus GST.

Any shortfall in rural areas was attracting a penalty in the range of Rs 20 to Rs 50 plus GST. SBI said that the revision is likely to benefit 5 crore account holders.

SBI said that Jan Dhan accounts have never been subject to any charges. It said that it has 42 crores savings bank accounts out of which 13 crore accounts under PMJDY and Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts were already exempted.

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