State Bank of India Implements New Service Charges

Disclaimer: This article features the recent revised service charge updates from State Bank Of India on various key services provided by it. The charges come with modifications in all types of online transaction modes. The charges are effective from Thursday, June 1, 2017, and here are the increased charges you will have to factor in. 

State Bank of India has revised service charges on ATM withdrawal for users of its mobile app “SBI Bank Buddy,” and various other cash transactions, effective from June 1st Onwards. SBI has clarified that the Rs. 25 charges will be levied only on withdrawing money from an ATM through its mobile wallet app.
So normal users need not worry over here.

SBI’s app Bank Buddy is a new facility that enables withdrawal of cash through ATMs using the bank’s mobile wallet.

All normal saving bank accounts in a month will continue to get eight free ATM transactions which tend to be 5 at SBI ATMs + 3 at ATMs of other banks) in metros and 10 free transactions in non-metros (5 at SBI ATMs + 3 at ATMs of other banks), the clarification added.

The limit of four ATM withdrawals per month only applies to the Basic Savings Banks Deposit Accounts, SBI further said. SBI’s basic savings account is a limited-services bank account aimed at poorer sections of society to encourage them to start saving without any burden of charges or fees.

This type of bank account comes with an ATM-cum-debit free of cost and no annual maintenance charges. A basic savings bank deposit account holder is not eligible to open any other savings bank account.

SBI has also revised service charges on various cash transactions for its customers, effective June 1st onwards.

Here are some of the other key changes on cash transactions:

ATM transactions:

Cash withdrawal from SBI’s mobile app, State Bank Buddy, through ATM will now be charged Rs 25 per transaction. No charges will be levied on four ATM transactions in a month. Beyond four transactions, service charges will be levied on Basic Savings Bank Deposit account at Rs 20 plus service tax per transaction on other banks’ ATMs and Rs 10 plus service tax per transaction on SBI’s own ATMs. Other than that, normal bank accounts, such as the savings bank account, will continue to attract eight free ATM transactions in metros and ten free transactions in non-metros.

Depositing and withdrawing from Savings Bank:

Cash deposit into mobile wallet SBI Buddy of up to Rs 10,000 will be charged at 0.25 percent of the transaction value with a minimum charge of Rs 2 and a maximum charge of Rs 8 plus service tax. Similarly, cash withdrawal from SBI Buddy for an amount of up to Rs 2,000 (multiples of 100) will be charged at 2.5 percent of the transaction value with a minimum charge of Rs 6 plus service tax.

Online Transfers:

Online fund transfer through IMPS or Immediate Payment Service will now be charged Rs. 5 plus service tax for amounts of up to Rs. 1 lakh; Rs. 15 plus service tax for above Rs. 1 lakh and up to Rs. 2 lakh; and Rs. 25 plus service tax for above Rs. 2 lakh and up to Rs. 5 lakh.

Exchange of Soiled Notes:

If a customer wishes to exchange of more than 20 soiled notes or if the total value of soiled notes is above Rs. 5,000, SBI said it will charge Rs. 2 plus service charge for every soiled note.

Cheque Books:

From June 1st, a customer with a Basic Savings Bank Deposit will have to pay Rs. 30 plus service tax for a 10-leaf cheque book, Rs. 75 with service tax for the 25-leaf cheque book and Rs. 150 plus service tax for a 50-leaf cheque book.

Charges on ATM Cards (Issue of ATM cards)

SBI said that issuance of new debit cards will be charged from June 1 and only RuPay classic card will be issued for free.

Cash Withdrawals:

Customers with a Basic Savings Bank Deposit will get four free withdrawals (including ATM) in a month, after which withdrawals will be charged at Rs. 50 plus service tax at an SBI branch and at Rs. 20 plus service tax at other bank ATMs.

SBI customers need to be aware of these charges.

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