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What is a Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA)?

The Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) is a Savings account opened with a bank. Then how is it different from any other Savings Account? Well it is Savings account that does not require a minimum balance and which would offer certain minimum facilities, free of charge.

BSBDA was introduced by RBI in 2012 as a measure for enhancing financial inclusion among the economically weaker sections of the society. BSBDA replaced the earlier “No-frills account” (also referred to as the “Zero Balance account”) which was started in 2005.

The key features of BSBDA are as follows:

  1. Applicability (i.e. where can a BSBDA be opened?)
  • All Scheduled Commercial Banks (including RRBs)
  • All Payments Banks
  • All Small Finance Banks
  • All Local Area Banks
  • All Urban Cooperative Banks
  • All State/Central Cooperative Banks
  1. Eligibility (who can open a BSBDA?)
  • Anyone can open this account with a bank. BSBDA should be considered as a normal banking service available to all customers, through branches.
  • The account opened under PM Jan Dhan Yojana is a BSBDA.
  1. Facilities available – without any requirement of minimum balance
  • Deposit of cash at bank branch as well as ATMs/CDMs
  • Receipt/ credit of money through any electronic channel or by means of deposit /collection of cheques drawn by Central/State Government agencies and departments
  • No limit on number and value of deposits that can be made in a month
  • Minimum of four withdrawals in a month, including ATM withdrawal
  • ATM Card or ATM-cum-Debit Card

Banks are free to provide additional value-added services, including issue of cheque book, beyond the above minimum facilities, which may/may not be priced (in a non-discriminatory manner) subject to disclosure.

  1. Conditions for holding a BSBDA
  • The holders of BSBDA will not be eligible for opening any other savings bank deposit account in that bank.
  • Customers having an existing savings bank deposit account in that bank, will be required to close it within 30 days from the date of opening a BSBD Account.
  • Customer can have only one BSBD Account across all the banks
  • BSBDA can also be opened with simplified KYC norms. However, if BSBDA is opened on the basis of Simplified KYC, the accounts would additionally be treated as “BSBDA-Small Account


BSBDA-Small Account

It is BSBDA account that is opened with simplified KYC and is therefore subject to the following conditions:

  • Total credits in such accounts should not exceed one lakh rupees in a year.
  • Maximum balance in the account should not exceed 50,000 at any time
  • The total of debits by way of cash withdrawals and transfers will not exceed 10,000 in a month
  • No remittances from abroad allowed to be credited to Small Accounts without completing normal KYC formalities
  • Valid for a period of 12 months (extendable by another 12 months if the person provides proof of having applied for an Officially Valid Document).
  • Small Accounts can only be opened at CBS linked branches of banks or at such branches where it is possible to manually monitor the fulfilment of the conditions.

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