RBI has removed charges for NEFT, RTGS payments. It has asked banks to pass on benefits to customers.

RBI has removed charges for payments via NEFT and RTGS and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers. This means that payments via NEFT and RTGS would become either free or charges would be drastically reduced. This was announced in the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies, which was released today by the central bank as part of its monetary policy review.

The Reserve Bank levies minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through its Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers and the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System for other fund transfers. Banks, in turn, levy charges on their customers. In order to provide an impetus to digital funds movement, it has been decided to do away with the charges levied by the Reserve Bank for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems. Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers. Instructions to banks in this regard will be issued within a week.

1. National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT)
NEFT is a payment system facilitating funds transfers from one bank account to another. One can access this service either by using Internet banking or by visiting the bank branch. (Not all bank branches are enabled with this service.)

Once you initiate the transfer, the money reaches the beneficiary account within hours. There is no limit on the minimum or maximum amount you can transfer, however, individual banks may put restrictions on the per transaction amount.

Currently NEFT charges of the State Bank of India (SBI) are as follows:

Amount Internet banking charges Transaction charges at bank branch
Up to Rs 10,000 Rs 1 plus GST Rs 2.50 plus GST
Above Rs 10,000 and up to Rs 1 lakh Rs 2 plus GST Rs 5 plus GST
Above Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh Rs 3 plus GST Rs 15 plus GST
More than Rs 2 lakh Rs 5 plus GST Rs 25 plus GST

The above charges are applicable as per transaction basis and attracts Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the rate of 18 percent.

2. Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS)
This is a facility used for transferring high value amounts. In RTGS, the minimum amount that can be currently transferred is Rs 2 lakh.

Below are SBI’s RTGS charges:

Amount Internet banking charges Transaction charges at bank branch
From Rs 2 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh Rs 5 plus GST Rs 25 plus GST
Above Rs 5 lakh Rs 10 plus GST Rs 50 plus GST

The above charges are applicable as per transaction basis and attracts Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the rate of 18 percent.

You can only transfer funds using RTGS on any working day between Monday and Saturday either via internet banking or bank branch.


  1. If govt. really wants to promote digital, it should be made free. RBI can think of giving incentives to the users. In fact banks overhead charges gets reduced by way of employee salary, stationary etc. Let RBI make it free for at least for a period of 5 years.


  2. (1) Does RBI guidelines apply to all Nationalised and Private banks?

    (2) How does RBI protect such payments if after payment, is found to be Fraud?

    (3) Debit card cloning and frauds (self too a victim) are very common specially in N-India. Such digital payments are easy transactions at times but the receiver while accepting payments resorts to copying data and later after a time period, indulges in hacking accounts. This has happened at my end! Does RBI protect / detect / refund if found?

  3. Mr. B Kumar,
    Still not yet confirmed. RBI has started communicating and will issue instructions to all banks in one week.
    Please read again the last line of 2nd Para above. Thanks

  4. Why a charge must be levied at all? It is my money which I am transacting that too online! This should have been done when the notes were banned and the government wanted everything online , which was actually favoured. After all the banks are actually being run because of the money we put in, the loans we take, the FD’s we take , credit cards and what not etc etc or in what way the banks are helping us? Anyways better late than never….yet to understand!


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