Rs 48000 crore available for claim
In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued policies and procedures regarding claims on inoperative accounts and unclaimed deposits in dormant bank accounts, in accordance with The Banking Regulation Act of 1949.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines for unclaimed deposits and inoperative accounts include requiring banks to make an effort at owner reunification by notifying owners or rightful beneficiaries of dormant status, and ultimately transferring money to RBI if funds remain unclaimed after a 10 year dormancy period.
- Dormant Accounts: A bank account is considered dormant if there have been no transactions for a specified period. The period varies depending on the bank’s policy, but it typically ranges from 12 to 24 months.
- Notification: The bank is required to notify the account holder when the account becomes dormant. The notification can be sent through various channels like SMS, email, or post.
- Claiming a Dormant Account: To claim a dormant account, the account holder needs to submit an application to the bank along with Know Your Customer (KYC) documents such as Aadhaar card, PAN card, and passport.
- Verification: The bank verifies the claimant’s identity and the authenticity of the claim. If the claim is found to be valid, the bank will reactivate the account and credit any balance amount.
- Unclaimed Accounts: If the account holder fails to claim the account for a specified period, typically 10 years, the account becomes an unclaimed account. The bank is required to transfer the balance amount in the account to the Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF) maintained by the RBI.
- Claims on Unclaimed Accounts: To claim an unclaimed account, the claimant needs to submit an application to the RBI along with KYC documents. The RBI verifies the claimant’s identity and the authenticity of the claim. If the claim is found to be valid, the RBI will credit the balance amount to the claimant.
It is important, therefore, for bank account holders in India to keep their accounts active and ensure that their contact details and beneficiary information is updated regularly.
Reserve Bank of India Unclaimed Deposit Accounts Claims Process:
Unclaimed Deposits Transferred To DEAF – Depositor Education and Awareness Fund: https://centralbankofindia.co.in/en/node/742
UDGAM – Unclaimed Deposits Gateway to Access Information In August 2023 Reserve Bank of India launched a centralised web portal enabling depositors to search for unclaimed deposits older than 10 years. The portal allows depositors to identify their unclaimed deposits and inoperative accounts, and provides claim and reinstatement procedures. Note initially only seven banks – State Bank of India; Punjab National Bank; Central Bank of India, Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd; South Indian Bank Ltd; South Indian Bank Ltd; DBS Bank India Ltd & Citibank N.A data are included.
To search UDGAM: https://udgam.rbi.org.in/unclaimed-deposits/#/login
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