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Issue of Pre-paid Payment Instruments-UCBs

 Notice Date : 27 May 2014

UBD.CO.BPD.PCB.Cir. No. 65/09.69.000/2013-14

May 27, 2014

The Chief Executive Officers of
All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks

Dear Sir / Madam,

Issue of Pre-paid Payment Instruments-UCBs

Please refer to circular UBD (PCB) BPD Cir No.50/09.69.000/2005-06 dated April 28, 2006 permitting Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) to install ATMs and issue ATM-cum-Debit Cards.

2. We have been receiving requests from a few UCBs to allow them to undertake Credit / Pre-paid Card business. Taking into account the business profile of UCBs and the nature of risks associated with Credit/ Pre-paid Card business, it has been decided that UCBs which have installed ATMs and issued ATM-cum-Debit Cards may introduce ‘Semi-Closed Pre-paid Payment Instruments’ permitting payment of utility bill/ essential services up to a limit of ` 10,000/-. These payment instruments shall be redeemable at a group of clearly identified merchant locations/ establishments which enter into contracts specifically with the UCB to accept the payment instruments. These instruments shall not permit cash withdrawal or redemption by the holder.

3. The issuance and operations of these instruments shall be guided by the instructions contained in circular DPSS.CO.PD.No.1873/ 02.14.06/2008-09 dated April 27, 2009 and any other circular/ instructions issued in this regard from time to time by the Department of Payment and Settlement Systems, Reserve Bank of India.

Yours faithfully,

(P K Arora)
General Manager


UBD (PCB) BPD Cir No. 50/09.69.000/2005-06

April 28, 2006

The Chief Executive Officers of All Primary (urban) Co-operative Banks

Dear Sir/Madam,

Installation of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)-UCBs

Please refer to the announcement made in the Annual Policy Statement for the year 2006-07 to permit well-managed scheduled and non-scheduled UCBs to set up select off-site/ on-site ATMs, based on the recommendation of the concerned TAFCUB.

2. In supercession of the extant instructions, the eligibility norms for setting up of ATMs by UCBs will be as under:

On-site/Off-site ATMs

i). Minimum deposits of Rs. 100 crore,

ii). Compliance with the prescribed CRAR,

iii). Net NPA less than 10%,

iv) Consistent record of profitability and compliance with CRR/SLR

3. Accordingly, UCBs satisfying the above eligibility norms may apply to the Regional Office concerned in the format annexed for prior approval for installing on-site and/or off-site ATMs. UCBs registered under the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act may apply to the Regional Office of the Reserve Bank, under the jurisdiction of which the Registered/Head Office of the bank is situated, for consideration.

4. Scheduled UCBs, other than those classified as Grade II to IV, do not require prior approval of the Reserve Bank for setting up on-site ATMs.

5. The off-site ATMs, where approved by the Reserve Bank, would be installed only within the area of operation of the UCBs and shifting and relocation, if any, would require prior approval.

6. Scheduled and non-scheduled UCBs permitted to have ATMs, both under automatic and approval route, may also issue ATM-cum-Debit Cards.

7. At present, the ATMs/BTMs installed at the branch/ extension counters are not to be shared/ interlinked with other banks, without prior approval from the Reserve Bank. It has now been decided to dispense with the requirement of prior RBI approval for network connectivity and/or sharing of the ATMs installed by UCBs and to permit the banks to decide on their own.

8. Please acknowledge receipt of the circular to the Regional Office concerned.

Yours faithfully,

(S.S Barik)
General Manager


Format of the application for ATM

1. Name of the bank-
2. Address of the registered office/Head Office-
3. Area of operation- 
4. No. of branches( List of branches to be annexed)- 
5. Total deposits for last three years (As on 31st March)- 
6. CRAR for the year ended as on 31st March- 
7. Net NPA for the year ended as on 31st March- 
8. Net profits for last three years (Please furnish year-wise net profits)- 
9. Whether there were/are any default in CRS/SLR (If yes give details and the reasons for the same)- 
10. No. of on-site ATM/BTM installed(Please give a list of branches/extension counters and quote the reference of approval from RBI)- 
11. No. of off-site ATM/BTM installed(Please give a list and quote the reference of approval from RBI)- 
12. Average number of ATM/BTM transaction per day per machine-

a. Cash dispensing 
b. Cash acceptance 
c. Others

13. Average cost per ATM/BTM transactions- 
14. Whether the bank is sharing the existing ATM/BTM with any other bank(If yes, give details of the names of the banks, agreement for sharing and average number of daily transactions on behalf of other banks)- 
15. Whether the bank is making use of ATM/BTM installed by any other bank(If yes, give the details of the names of the banks, agreement for sharing and average number of daily transactions on behalf of other banks)- 
16. Proposed on-site/off-site address for installing ATMs- 
17. Cost of the proposed ATM- 
18. Cost of other infrastructure for installation of ATM- 
19. Expected average number of ATM transaction per day-

a. Cash dispensing
b. Cash acceptance
c. Others

20. Briefly indicate the benefits actually derived/expected to accrue by way of installation of ATM.


RBI/2008-09/ 458

DPSS.CO.PD.No. 1873 /02.14.06/ 2008-09
April 27, 2009



All System Providers, System Participants
and any other prospective prepaid payment instrument issuer


Dear Sir,


Sub: Policy Guidelines for issuance and operation of
Prepaid Payment Instruments in India


Pre-paid payment instruments issued by banks and non-bank entities have been gaining popularity as a means of payment in India. In order to ensure an orderly development and operations of this product, Reserve Bank had placed the 'Approach Paper' onissuance and operation of ‘prepaid payment instruments in India’ on the RBI website for public comments on November 07, 2008. Based on the comments received from banks, existing issuers of pre-paid payment instruments, general public and a series of meetings with various stake holders, the draft guidelines were prepared by Reserve Bank and was also placed on the website for public comments. After taking into account further comments/suggestions received, Reserve Bank has finalised the ‘guidelines for prepaid payment instruments in India’.

2. As stated in paragraph 151 of ‘Annual Policy Statement for 2009 - 2010’ Reserve Bank of India, hereby notify, the ‘Guidelines for Prepaid Payment Instruments in India’ for the information of general public. All persons currently operating or proposing to operate such payment systems shall comply with the guidelines.

3. A copy of the Directions issued by us under Section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (Act 51 of 2007) in this regard is enclosed.


Yours faithfully



Chief General Manager


on 28 May 2014
Notification No : RBI/2013-14/607
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