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RBI sets strict limits for Jan Dhan accounts

RBI restricts withdrawal limits on Jan Dhan accounts to Rs 10,000; cites ‘farmer protection’

The Reserve Bank of India has put withdrawal limits on bank accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) which are funded through deposits of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) after November 9. The notification issued by RBI stated that the limits are being imposed to protect “innocent farmers from activities of money launders and legal consequences under the Benami Property Transaction & Money Laundering laws”.

As per the notification, banks can allow fully KYC compliant account holders to withdraw only Rs 10,000 in a month. However, the bank managers can also allow withdrawal of more than Rs 10,000 within ‘current applicable limits’ after ‘ascertaining the genuineness of such withdrawals’.

On the other hand, non KYC compliant account holders are entitled to withdraw only half the amount, ie Rs 5,000, in a month within the ceiling of Rs 10,000.

After the central government announced…

Trai Floats Paper Seeking Views on Consumer Issues

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Feedback sought on consumer problems in case of termination of telecom services
The telecom regulator has floated a new discussion paper seeking clarity on issues faced by consumers, typically, when operators need to switch off networks due to changes in licencing rules, discontinuation of a particular mobile technology or even the advent of spectrum trading.

In a consultation paper issued Wednesday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought views from stakeholders on whether the notice period to subscribers in case of a services closure needs to be enhanced from 30 days to 60 days to give customers enough time to use up their talktime balance.

It has also sought views on whether a telco needs to give such 60 days advance notice to customers, the telecom department (DoT) and Trai if it is selling airwaves in a particular circle and shutting down operations.

The regulator has also sought industry feedback on whether a telco migrating customers to a newer…


NEW DELHI: The financial systems of the country have to be made Aadhaar-enabled to make the transition to a digital economy. This is one of the decisions taken by a group of ministers which is charting out a strategy for digital payments. The Aadhaar link should be made even at the existing Point of Sale (PoS) level and at the internet banking level to “formalise cashless banking in the country,” it was felt

The group, led by minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, which met for the second time in a week, also suggested that public sector banks should make the initial push towards digitalisation. One government official who attended the meeting said the idea was to make bankers focus more on digital payment modes instead of across the counter mode of operations.

Aadhaar is being pushed because it doesn’t require people to remember their PINs or password, which can be an issue with the poor and the illiterate. Through Aadhaar, only biometric based authentication is needed,”…

Tax raids increase as govt launches black money disclosure schemes

Taxmen seized 55% more cash and jewellery during April-October 2016, compared to the same period last year, while income-tax raids increased by 46% during the period, a top officer in the tax department told HT. (PTI)

Taxmen seized 55% more cash and jewellery during April-October 2016, compared to the same period last year, while income-tax raids increased by 46% during the period, a top officer in the tax department told HT on the condition of anonymity .

The result: R7,700 crore worth of black money has been unearthed since April, against R5,030 crore during the whole of 2015-16.

The surge is mainly because of the government’s stepped-up efforts to contain black money, sources said.

“Given the government’s schemes for disclosing black money, the tax department wants more people to use them. Increased vigil will ensure more people opt for the black money disclosure schemes,” said the official quoted above.

Bengaluru tops the list of cities, where black money has been unearthed (R1,852 cro…

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to kick in from tomorrow

With insolvency professional agencies getting registered, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will become operational from tomorrow.

The Code will help quicker resolution of cases and unlock value of assets, Mamta Binani, President, ICSI, the apex body of company secretaries, told reporters here today.

"The entire Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code will be functional from tomorrow," she said.

Both ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) and ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) have registered not-for-profit companies under the Code to act as insolvency professional agencies.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has been set up under the Code that seeks to consolidate and amend laws relating to reorganisation as well as insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and individuals in a time-bound manner.