RBI has introduced a single integrated ombudsman scheme for the entire banking and financial services sector. It includes within its ambit, all commercial banks, regional rural banks, co-operative banks, NBFCs which accepts deposits or which has assets exceeding Rs.100 crores and all system participants. Procedure for redressal of grievance under the Scheme is given in Chapter IV of the Scheme.
In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949), Section 45L of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934) and Section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (51 of 2007), and in supersession of its Notifications Ref. (i) CEPD. PRS. No. 6317/13.01.01/2016-17 dated June 16, 2017; (ii) CEPD. PRS. No. 3590/13.01.004/2017-18 dated February 23, 2018; and (iii) CEPD. PRS. No. 3370/13.01.010/2018-19 dated January 31, 2019, the Reserve Bank of India, being satisfied that it is in public interest to do so, and to make the alternate dispute redress mechanism simpler and more responsive to the customers of entities regulated by it, hereby integrates the three Ombudsman schemes – (i) the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006, as amended up to July 01, 2017; (ii) the Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies, 2018; and (iii) the Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions, 2019 into the Reserve Bank – Integrated Ombudsman Scheme, 2021 (the Scheme).
2. The Scheme covers the following regulated entities:
- all Commercial Banks, Regional Rural Banks, Scheduled Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks and Non-Scheduled Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks with deposits size of Rupees 50 crore and above as on the date of the audited balance sheet of the previous financial year;
- all Non-Banking Financial Companies (excluding Housing Finance Companies) which (a) are authorised to accept deposits; or (b) have customer interface, with an assets size of Rupees 100 crore and above as on the date of the audited balance sheet of the previous financial year;
- all System Participants as defined under the Scheme.
3. The regulated entities shall comply with the Scheme from the date of its implementation.
4. The format for filing a complaint under the Scheme is annexed.
5. The Scheme shall come into force from November 12, 2021.