The Reserve Bank – Integrated Ombudsman Scheme, 2021

The Reserve Bank – Integrated Ombudsman Scheme, 2021 (the Scheme) was launched today in virtual mode by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Scheme integrates the existing three Ombudsman schemes of RBI namely, (i) the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006; (ii) the Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies, 2018; and (iii) the Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions, 2019. The Scheme, framed by the Reserve Bank in exercise of the powers conferred on it under Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949), Section 45L of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934), and Section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (51 of 2007), will provide cost-free redress of customer complaints involving deficiency in services rendered by entities regulated by RBI, if not resolved to the satisfaction of the customers or not replied within a period of 30 days by the regulated entity.

Loans Sourced by Banks and NBFCs over Digital Lending Platforms: Adherence to Fair Practices Code and Outsourcing Guidelines

RBI brings in norms to curb malpractices by lending apps. RBI had to bring in these norms as hundreds of lending apps have mushroomed over the past year or so. RBI has made banks or NBFCs directly responsible for the actions of the digital platforms they have tied up with. RBI said that digital platforms and lenders must make adequate efforts towards the creation of grievance redressal mechanism.

Consumer Protection Act, 2019 – Key Highlights

The new Consumer Protection Act proposes a slew of measures and tightens the existing rules to further safeguard consumer rights. Consumers can cheer as the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has recently replaced the three-decade old Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

RBI’s new guidelines for ‘failed’ ATM transactions

The Reserve Bank Friday prescribed a turnaround time (TAT) for banks to settle failed transactions for customers and also notified compensations payable for various types of customer complaints.

RBI Launches Complaint Management System (CMS)

RBI Governor launched  Complaint Management System on 24th June 2019. Complaint Management System(CMS) is a software application to facilitate RBI’s grievance redressal processes. Members of public can access the CMS portal at RBI’s website “Complaint Management System by RBI” to lodge their complaints against any of the entities regulated by RBI. It symbolizes RBI’s commitment…