POSTED BY August 3, 2018 COMMENTS (20)ON
Do you worry about maintaining the minimum balance in your bank account? If that’s the case, then you will be happy to know that now RBI has mandated all the banks to offer something called as Basic Saving Bank Deposits Accounts where there is no minimum Monthly Average Balance (MAB) to be maintained.
Let’s know more about the BSBDA account.
You must have heard in news few days back that SBI has collected Rs.1771 Crores from penalty on not maintaining minimum balance limit. Not maintaining minimum balance attracts penalties and his happens with lot of people.
Basic savings bank deposit account (BSBDA) is the zero balance bank accounts. This means you don’t need to maintain any kind of minimum balance limit in this account.
RBI has made it mandatory for all the banks to offer this service to people who are unable to maintain the minimum balance. Criteria to open this account are similar to the eligibility criteria of normal savings bank account. Banks may have their own criteria’s based on age or income.
However as per the guidelines of RBI, banks are advised not to impose any criteria of age or income for opening BSBDA. The features of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account are given below:
As I said earlier this is a zero balance account without any extra charges, but it has some restrictions or limitations as follows.
This is an account which can be opened by a person who is above 18 years of age but does not have any official KYC document (Like Aadhaar card, PAN or other ID proof and address proof etc.). For this a person needs to submit self-attested photograph and he/she needs to sign the form and also provide thumb prints in the presence of bank officials.
The basic savings account of a person who doesn’t have a CKYC is treated as a Basic savings bank deposit small account. Features of this account are as given below :
There is no provision till date to convert existing savings account into BSBDA. You have to open a new BSBDA and for that you need to close you existing savings account within 30 days of opening a BSBDA otherwise bank will automatically close your earlier account after 30 days. A person can have only one BSBDA in a bank
Banks are restricted to offer any value added services to the BSBDA account holders by charging any extra cost. If any extra service is given, then automatically the account will convert to a normal saving bank account..
Documents required for opening BSBDA are as :
|Normal savings account||Basic savings account||Small savings account|
|Minimum balance limit||10000||No limit||No limit|
|Penalty if minimum balance is not maintained||Applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Withdrawal limit||Not applicable||Applicable||Applicable|
|Mobile banking facility||Available||May not be available||Not available|
|Credit limit||No limit||No limit||50000|
Now you must be thinking “What is the use of this account for me? I have my regular account with unlimited transactions then why should I open a basic savings bank deposit account?..”
Let me tell you, there are lots of people around us who don’t have a bank account because they can’t maintain the minimum balance limit. Like some students, employees who have just entered into their profession, small scale workers, maid, driver and so many other people.
There are also some people who have more than one or two bank accounts other than their regular accounts. For those people the money is kind of stuck in their bank accounts where they have to maintain the minimum balance limit.
Some senior citizens don’t require more bank transactions as they are either dependent on their children financially or they keep cash to avoid visiting banks or ATM’s every time for withdrawals when they need money. For such people Basic savings bank deposit account is a good option to avoid the penalty and other extra charges for maintaining their bank account.
I hope this information was useful for you .. If you have anything to add, do comment below.