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NEFTs get faster because banks will process them every 30 minutes now

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-04-2017 Vivina Vishwanathan

On 6 April, the Reserve Bank of India in its monetary policy announcement said that it has decided to reduce the settlement time for clearance of National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), from 1 hour to 30 minutes. Here is what it means for you:

NEFT is one of the electronic payment systems in the country. It allows you to send money from one bank to another. You can send the money only during a certain hours. The fund transfer happens in batches. So far, NEFT payment settlement happened in hourly batches. Now this has been changed to every half an hour. Hence, in a weekday (Monday to Friday) the batch between 8 am to 7 pm will have 23 batches. So far there were only 12 batches.

On Saturdays, NEFT settlements happen between 8 am and 1 pm. Now, instead of six batches, it will be settled in 11 . There is no NEFT on Sundays.

The cost of sending money using NEFT depends on the bank that you are transacting with. However, the RBI has issued guidelines on the costs too. For receiving money over NEFT, you don’t have to pay any charges. For sending, you will be charged a fee.

For an amount up to Rs10,000, the banks can’t charge you more than Rs2.50, excluding service tax. If you send between Rs10,001 and Rs1 lakh, you will be charged Rs5 plus service tax, and for transactions between Rs1 lakh and Rs2 lakh, charges would be Rs15 plus service tax. For transactions above Rs2 lakh, the charge would be Rs25 plus service tax.

Banks are also supposed to pay 25 paise per transaction to the clearing house as well as destination bank, as service charge. However, it cannot be passed on to the customers.

To send money using NEFT, you need to have an account with a bank that allows you to do fund transfer using NEFT. You need to have your beneficiary’s bank account details such as account number, name of the receiver, and IFSC code. Once you add the beneficiary, you will have to wait for half an hour for the beneficiary to get registered. Once registered, you can start sending the money.

According to RBI, In case of non-credit or delay in credit to the beneficiary account, you can contact the NEFT customer facilitation centre of your bank; details of which is available on bank websites.

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