RBI issues new debit and credit card rules to improve convenience and security

The central bank has asked the banks to no longer issue contactless cards by default; and has also allowed the card users to enable, disable cards for online use. RBI believes the move will improve user convenience and increase the security of card transactions.

Amendment to Master Direction (MD) on KYC

RBI introduces video-based identification process for KYC. RBI approves Aadhaar-based video authentication as alternative to e-KYC. Video KYC will have to be verified through Aadhaar.

Supervisory Action Framework for Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks (UCBs)

RBI decided to further rationalize the SAF to make it more effective in bringing about the desired improvement in the UCBs as also expeditious resolution of UCBs experiencing financial stress. Reserve Bank will continue to monitor asset quality, profitability and capital / net worth of UCBs under the revised SAF. The revised SAF envisages initiation of corrective action by the UCB and/or supervisory action by the Reserve Bank on breach of the specified thresholds (triggers) in respect of the specified financial parameters/indicators.

Cyber Security controls for Third party ATM Switch Application Service Providers

A number of RBI Regulated Entities (RREs) manage their ATM Switch ecosystem through shared services of third party ATM Switch Application Service Providers (ASPs). Since these service providers also have exposure to the payment system landscape, it is felt that some cyber security controls are required to be put in place by them.

Comprehensive Cyber Security Framework for Primary (Urban) Cooperative Banks (UCBs) – A Graded Approach

The RBI has also decided to prescribe a comprehensive cyber security framework for UCBs, as a graded approach, based on their digital depth and inter- connectedness with the payment systems landscape, digital products offered by them and assessment of cyber security risk. A comprehensive Cyber Security Framework for UCBs has been formulated based on a graded approach. The UCBs have been categorised into four levels based on their digital depth and interconnectedness to the payment systems landscape.

Launch of Mobile Aided Note Identifier (MANI) by RBI

RBI launches ‘MANI’ app to help visually challenged to identify denomination of notes. The app is capable of identifying the denominations of Mahatma Gandhi, (New) Series banknotes by checking front or reverse side at various holding angles and a broad range of light conditions.

Reporting of Large Exposures to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) – UCBs

RBI decided that Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks (UCBs) having total assets of ₹500 crore and above as on 31st March of the previous financial year shall report credit information, including classification of an account as Special Mention Account (SMA), on all borrowers having aggregate exposures of ₹5 crore and above with them to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) maintained by the Reserve Bank. Aggregate exposure shall include all fund-based and non-fund based exposure, including investment exposure on the borrower.

Introduction of a new type of semi-closed Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) – PPIs upto ₹ 10,000/- with loading only from bank account

RBI launches new prepaid payment instrument for digital transactions up to Rs 10,000. The amount loaded in such PPIs during any month will not exceed Rs 10,000 and the total amount loaded during the financial year will not exceed Rs 1,20,000.

Bank Promotion Study Materials Clerical to Scale I, Scale I-II,III,IV,V and Scale VI – 2019-20

Bank Promotion Study Material 2019-20 Updated as of 25th December 2019.

Financial Stability Report – December 2019

RBI has released Financial Stability Report as of December 2019 on 27th December 2019. The FSR reflects the collective assessment of the Sub-Committee of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) on risks to financial stability, as also the resilience of the financial system. The Report also discusses issues relating to development and regulation of the financial sector.