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August 11, 2013

What type of Complaints can be lodged with the Banking Ombudsman ?

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Friends, in our last post we have discussed about Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 and its amendments. In simple words a Banking Ombudsman is a person who accepts your complaints against banks and investigates them. Now in this post we shall discuss about the types of complaints we can lodge with the Banking Ombudsman. 

The Banking Ombudsman can receive and consider any complaint relating to the following deficiency in banking services (including internet banking) :
  • Non - Payment or inordinate delay in the payment or collection of cheques, drafts, bills etc.
  • Non - acceptance, without sufficient cause, of small denomination notes tendered for any purpose, and for charging of commission in respect thereof; 
  • Non acceptance, without sufficient cause, of coins tendered and for charging of commission in respect thereof;
  • Non-payment or delay in payment of inward remittances
  • Failure to issue or delay in issue of drafts, pay orders or bankers' cheques
  • Non-adherence to prescribed working hours
  • Failure to provide or delay in providing a banking facility (other than loans and advances) promised in writing by a bank or its direct selling agents.
  • Delays, non-credit of proceeds to parties accounts, non-payment of deposit or non-observance of the Reserve Bank directives, if any, applicable to rate of interest on deposits in any savings, current or other account maintained with a bank
  • Complaints from Non-Resident Indians having accounts in India in relation to their remittances from abroad, deposits and other bank - related matters
  • Refusal to open deposit accounts without any valid reason for refusal
  • Levying of charges without adequate prior notice to the customer
  • Non-adherence by the bank or its subsidiaries to the instructions of Reserve Bank on ATM / Debit card operations or credit card operations
  • Non - disbursement or delay in disbursement of pension (to the extent the grievance can be attributed to the action on the part of the bank concerned, but not with regard to its employees)
  • Refusal to accept or delay in accepting payment towards taxes, as required by Reserve Bank / Government
  • Redemption of Government Securities
  • Forced closure of deposit accounts without due notice or without sufficient reason
  • Refusal to close r delay in closing the accounts
  • Non refusal to issue or  delay in issuing, or failure to service or delay in servicing or adherence to the fair practices code as adopted by  the bank or non-adherence to the provisions of the Code of Banks commitments to customers issued by Banking Codes and Standards Board of India and as adopted by the Bank
  • Non - Observance of Reserve Bank guidelines on engagement of recovery agents by banks 
  • Any other matter relating to the violation of the directives issued by the Reserve Bank in relation to banking or other services.
 Narayan Reddy Karri, GM at Bank of India

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