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SBI to bring in green-channel banking

The State Bank of India is set to introduce green-channel banking to promote paperless work and reduce footfall of customers in the already over-burdened ATMs and branches. p>

SBI general manager for network-I D Mozumdar said here on Saturday that apart from regular counters, a new counter was being opened in which customers could swipe their ATM cards and enter the pin code to receive cash from the person manning the counter. “In this way, there will be no requirement for paperwork and the process of money withdrawal will be fast,” he said.

Under the financial inclusion scheme of the Reserve Bank of India, SBI has been asked to take up responsibilities in 43 of the 156 “under-banked” blocks of the state, besides extending banking facilities to 408 villages having a population of over 2,000 people. Mozumdar said SBI would connect 200 villages by March this year through different banking techniques. “We do not require brick and mortar branches these days to extend banking facilities because technology has made the work easier and SBI is fortunate to have all the modern banking technology,” he said.

All 200 villages where SBI is planning to launch services by March will be on technology platform that includes micro-ATM or mobile-based banking in which the customers having a mobile phone can access his or her account through the cell phone and bio-metric smart cards by which a user is identified on a hand-held machine through finger prints. Business correspondents appointed by bank will also disburse cash along with printed receipts and through kiosk-mode in which the bank provides a laptop with face-reading and voice-recognition software to enable transactions.

Things To Know Before Getting Loan Against Securities In India

There are many types of loan available for your need. You can opt for loan against property, securities, shares, etc. in India. But you need to judge these loans and go through papers and agreement before opting one. But before opting for any type of loan, you need to compare the options and choose the best one that suits you.

Many times, people opt for personal loans from banks and financial institutes but remain unaware of other types of loans. One of these is loan against securities, shares, mutual funds and other financial instruments. In India, many banks, PSUs and other institutions offer these loans in the market. The rate of interest many vary from 12% to 15% depending on the lender.

The method to find out the best loan option is to find the reason and purpose for the loan, cost and time period of the loan amount and lastly mode of loan. Many experts feel that loan against securities and shares have its own advantages and disadvantages.

The interest on loan against security is charged only on utilization of limits sanctioned and only for the number of days it is utilized. This can be used for various reasons like buying a property, personal expenses, marriage, studies and other requirements. One of the cautions that people taking these loans should take not to invest it back to the market. This can be risky factor.

As per guidelines of Reserve Bank of India, a borrower can’t be given more than Rs. 20 lakhs against shares and equity mutual funds depending on value of security used for loan. Also, drawing power of a loan amount depend upon liquidity. For example, debt securities can grant you 80% drawing power.

One of the drawbacks that loan against securities has is market crash. Before borrowing the loan, you should be able to fund the loan account or you should have additional securities. Hence it is advised to borrow a loan amount depending on the ability to repay.

After borrowing the loan, if you want to revise the portfolio and upgrade it, the lender can grant your request depending on terms and conditions of the bank or lending institute.

Before borrowing the loan, you should know the financial instrument that you are using for loan. Banks and lending institutes has list of approved securities against which they offer loan. This may get revised regularly depending on lender and policy and rules in India. In general, almost all lenders offer loan against equity shares, mutual fund units (equity, debt, FMPs), government relief bonds, policies issued by LIC etc. You should check the list before you opt for this option.

If you are looking for short term loan, then loan against securities and shares is viable option provided that you check the amount utilized.

Mint road milestones RBI at 75 editors, Bazil Shaikh, Ranjeeta Dubey, S.M. Khot

It is not the history of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), but a retrospective, a chronicle of events as they happened since its inception in 1935. An effort to relive the past, the book is written with a sense of nostalgia. And with a bit of pride as well. As the central bank of the country, RBI performs not only traditional banking functions, like monetary and currency managements — serving as a banker to the government and as a banker to banks, but also has played a pioneering role in diverse activities, specially in the area of rural finance, economic development, and financial inclusion.

The book — a part of the RBI’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations — is an attempt to put central banking in the context of socio-political developments of the day: both at home and around the world. It highlights how the Reserve Bank has pioneered many an experiment in the laboratory that was India; how it has always tried to dovetail banking and finance to subserve the developmental needs of the country; and how, with its activism and policy interventions, it has crafted schemes for the benefit of the poor and the less privileged. Being always at the forefront of moulding public policy and economic thought, the RBI’s story, in some ways, is the story of finance and banking. Today, when RBI — as India’s central bank — seeks to steer the country’s banking sector into a globalized world, it has not lost sight of the common man’s concerns. s.

Covering its wide-ranging activities: from international finance to regulation and supervision, from technology to development, the book chronicles central banking events as they unfolded in India during the last 75 years. Together with visuals and vignettes, Mint Road Milestones: RBI 75 not only offers glimpses of the Bank’s eventful past and the road it has traversed, but also brings alive the spirit of one of the oldest central banks of the developing world.

Why To Use Forex Cards When Travelling Abroad

Gone are the days when people carried travelerscheques when travelling abroad. With the latest advancements in technology, one can now benefit from plastic money even while travelling overseas.

Foreign exchange or Forex cards are prepaid foreign currency cards to make your foreign trip totally hassle-free and convenient. You can load this pre-paid card in your country and use it to withdraw money abroad from VISA/ Master Card/ American Express ATMs. Irrespective of the currency of the card, the cash will be in the currency of the country. Furthermore, one can also use these cards at merchant establishments accepting these cards.

Advantages offered by Forex card

More savings: Forex cards allow you the flexibility of spending as much as you need as compared to travelers cheques where the eniter amount needs to be encashed when you needed money
Widely acceptable: Forex cards are not just accepted in luxury restaurants or shopping malls, even taxis and local shops accept these cards
Safe and secure: Forex cards are quite secure as they come with a chip and pin feature to safeguard travellers against any fraud and comes with a backup card in the welcoming kit.
Reloadable: These cards are reloadable at anytime and anywhere. People can reload the card as many times they want within the validity period
Online transactions: The Forex Travel Card can be used for making online purchases and various transactions such as bill payments, booking air tickets, etc.
Retaining Forex Card after return: you can retain the Forex prepaid card only if the balance remaining on the card is less than US$ 2000. Else, the amount needs to be refunded within 90 days from the date of arrival.

The amount that can be loaded on a card should be done as per the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and prevailing Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations. The Forex prepaid card can be loaded with any amount up to US$ 10,000 or an equivalent in Euros in a year. Further, corporate travelers can load the card up to US$ 25,000 for a business trip to any country other than Nepal and Bhutan.

Even with the growth in usage of credit and debit cards, international Forex cards are turning out to be a more viable option for travelers travelling abroad. The real advantage of these cards lies in their ability to pack multiple currencies onto a single card.