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- The State Bank of India is mulling over to slash minimum balance requirement in Saving Banks Accounts of its customers.
- The proposal came after the reports showed that the lender received a hefty amount as penalty from customers for non-maintenance of monthly average balance in savings accounts during April to November 2017.
- The SBI may lower the limits of its Minimum Average Balance (MAB) in Saving Accounts.
- SBI is likely to reduce the penalties over non maintenance of MAB with a view to slash the burden from its customers.
- The minimum balance limit is Rs.3000 in metro cities, Rs.2000 in semi urban and Rs.1000 in banks of rural areas.
- The bank had earlier set the minimum balance requirement to Rs.5000 for metros and Rs.3000 for Semi Urban in June 2017.
- As per the sources, the bank may cut the minimum balance requirement to around Rs. 1000 from 3000.
- The Bank is also introducing the Quarterly Average Balance plan instead of Monthly Average Balance (MAB).
As per present norms of the SBI, the customer has to pay a penalty of up to Rs 100 including service tax. In metro cities, there is a charge of Rs 100 plus service tax, if the balance falls below 75 per cent of the minimum balance.