Reserve Bank of India has circulated more clarity regarding issuance of Bank Pass Book/Bank Statements to their saving Bank Account Holders vide notification no RBI/2011-12/249 DBOD No. Leg. BC 48 /09.07.005/2011-12 dated 04-11.2011. . It is mandatory to issue Bank Pass Book but on the choice of Customer , Bank statement can also be issued on monthly basis. Any Bank can not charge any cost for issuance of bank pass book/ statement. Notification and related circular are given as under :-
DBOD No. Leg. BC 48 /09.07.005/2011-12 November 4, 2011
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Customer Service - Non-Issuance of Passbooks to Savings Bank Accountholders (Individuals)
Please refer to our circular DBOD. No. Leg.BC.32/09.07.005/2006-07 dated October 4, 2006 on the captioned subject wherein banks were advised to invariably offer pass book facility to all its savings banks account holders (individuals) and in case banks offer the facility of sending statement of account and the customer chooses to get statement of account, banks must issue monthly statement of account. The cost of providing such pass book or statements should not be charged to the customer.
2. It has come to our notice that some banks are not issuing pass books to their savings banks account holders (individuals) and only issue a computer generated account statement even when the customer desires pass book facility. Banks are, therefore, advised to strictly adhere to the instructions contained in the above circular.
Chief General Manager-In-Charge
RBI Circular connected with above notification is also detailed given below.:-
DBOD.No.Leg.BC.32 /09.07.005/2006-07 October 4, 2006
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Customer Service – Non-issuance of Passbooks to Savings Bank Accountholders (Individuals)
We have been receiving representations from customers including senior citizens' associations that many banks have discontinued issuing pass books to Savings Bank Account holders (Individuals). It has also been pointed out that this decision of discontinuing the pass book system has been taken by the banks unilaterally causing much inconvenience to the account holders. It has also come to our notice that these banks are issuing Statement of Account to Savings Bank account holders at quarterly intervals instead of at monthly intervals as stipulated in our circular DBOD.No.Leg.BC.74/ 09.07.005/2004-05 dated April 10, 2004.
2. In this connection, it may be mentioned that a passbook is a ready reckoner of transactions and is handy and compact and as such, is far more convenient to the small customer than a statement of account. Use of statements has some inherent difficulties viz. (a) these need to be filed regularly (b) the opening balance needs to be tallied with closing balance of last statement (c) loss of statements in postal transit is not uncommon and obtaining duplicates thereof involves expense and inconvenience (d) ATM slips during the interregnum between two statements does not provide a satisfactory solution as full record of transactions is not available and (e) there are a large number of small customers who do not have access to computers / internet etc. As such, non-issuance of pass-books to such small customers would indirectly lead to their financial exclusion.
3. Banks are therefore advised to invariably offer pass book facility to all its savings bank account holders (individuals) and in case the bank offers the facility of sending statement of account and the customer chooses to get statement of account, the banks must issue monthly statement of accounts in terms of our circular DBOD.No.Leg.BC.74/ 09.07.005/2004-05 dated April 10, 2004. The cost of providing such Pass Book or Statements should not be charged to the customer.
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Chief General Manager-in-Charge