Minimum Standards for a Currency Chest

1.  The Bank had constituted a Committee on Currency Movement (CCM) [Chair: Shri D.K. Mohanty, Executive Director]. The Committee, inter-alia, recommended that the Reserve Bank should encourage banks to open large Currency Chests (CCs) with modern facilities and Chest Balance Limit (CBL) of at least ₹ 10 billion. Accordingly, RBI decided to have the following minimum standards for setting up new CCs:

  1. Area of the strong room/ vault of at least 1500 sq. ft. For those situated in hilly / inaccessible places (as defined by central / state government/ any appropriate authority), the strong room/ vault area of at least 600 sq. ft.
  2. Processing capacity of 6,60,000 pieces of banknotes per day. For those situated in the hilly/ inaccessible places, capacity of 2,10,000 pieces of banknotes per day.
  3. Amenability to adoption of automation and adaptability to implement IT solutions.
  4. CBL of ₹ 10 billion, subject to ground realities and reasonable restrictions, at the discretion of the Reserve Bank.
  5. Adherence to other extant technical specifications issued vide DCM (CC) No G-18/03.39.01/2008-09 dated November 14, 2008 relating to construction, etc.

2. Banks desirous of setting up CCs shall ensure that the above mentioned minimum standards are conformed to.

3. All other instructions regarding opening of CCs shall remain unchanged.

Source: rbi circular RBI/2018-19/166
DCM (CC) No.2482/03.39.01/2018-19 dt. April 08, 2019

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