Remove withdrawal restrictions on BSBD accounts for digital payments, says report
   Date :31-Oct-2022

Business Bureau
The Reserve Bank needs to keep digital payments outside the purview of withdrawal restrictions on zero-balance basic savings bank deposit (BSBD) accounts and let the government allow a uniform fee of 0.3 per cent, in lieu of the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR), on e-commerce transactions, as per a report.
The IIT Bombay report further said as much as Rs 5,000 crore can be raised per annum through a 0.3 per cent fee on payments through all electronic modes at e-commerce platforms, which could be used to maintain and strengthen the UPI infrastructure.
Such a fee imposed on e-commerce merchants and institutions who cannot transact in currency notes would be more in line with ‘digital payment facilitation fee’. On the withdrawal restrictions, the report said , “in the current phase of digital payments, RBI has to devise ways and means to keep the digital payments outside the age-old definition of withdrawal restrictions in savings deposit.”
Some banks have imposed restrictions on transactions. For example, a Mumbai-based bank has restricted the number of withdrawals (debit transactions) to 10 per month in a BSBD account -- an account type that was especially introduced by RBI to promote financial inclusion. A savings account, which is primarily meant for savings and less for transactions, should be the same in terms of usability for both rich and the poor, the report released on Sunday said.