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RBI issues guidelines for NBFCs

RBI issues guidelines for NBFCs

Banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) shall not issue credit cards to their customers as per their wish from now on. They have to issue these cards adhering to the new guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The RBI issued directions about debit and credit cards to all banks and NBFCs.  These guidelines will be effective from July 1.

RBI, in its guidelines, stated that NBFCs can’t undertake credit card business without taking prior approval from the central bank. They shall not issue debit cards or credit cards or similar products physically or virtually without prior approval from the RBI.

In addition to that, they need to obtain a certificate of registration to engage in this activity. The company that wants to engage must own a fund of ₹100 crores.


The guidelines will benefit major NBFCs as they can directly issue credit cards with the prior approval of RBI. Currently, some of them are issuing credit cards in association with scheduled banks.

The scheduled commercial banks with a net worth of ₹100 crores or more can engage in the credit card business. They can conduct their business independently or jointly with other NBFCs or other card-issuing banks. Except for small finance banks and regional rural banks, all scheduled commercial banks that want to set up separate holdings for credit card business require the approval of RBI.

Coming to regional rural banks, they can issue credit cards along with their sponsor bank or other banks.

Banks do not require a prior nod from the RBI to issue debit cards to their customers. They should issue debit cards only to customers of savings bank accounts and current accounts but not to cash credit or loan account holders.

Besides, banks should not force their customers to avail of debit card facilities. They also should not link it with any other facility offered by them.

Also, RBI issued guidelines on the interest rate of credit cards. The central bank says that the interest charged by the banks on credit cards should be justifiable. Banks should inform interest rates and the methodology of calculation of charges to their customers upfront while issuing the card.

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