Demonetisation: RBI doubles prepaid payment instruments limit to Rs20,000

While balance in such prepaid payment instruments cannot exceed Rs20,000, the merchants can transfer funds from them to their bank accounts up to Rs50,000 monthly


To meet the transactional needs of the public through digital means, RBI has introduced additional measures by way of special dispensation for small merchants. Photo: Mint
To meet the transactional needs of the public through digital means, RBI has introduced additional measures by way of special dispensation for small merchants. Photo: Mint

Mumbai: With the public facing cash crunch, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday introduced special dispensation for small merchants and doubled the limit of semi-closed Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs) to Rs20,000 to facilitate digital transactions.

To meet the transactional needs of the public through digital means, RBI has introduced additional measures by way of special dispensation for small merchants and enhancement in limits for semi-closed PPIs. A special dispensation has now been enabled for small merchants whereby the issuers can issue PPIs to such merchants, the central bank said.

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While balance in such PPIs cannot exceed Rs20,000 at any point of time, the merchants can transfer funds from such PPIs to their own linked bank accounts up to Rs50,000 per month, without any limit per transaction. Merchants only need to provide a self-declaration in respect of their status and details of their bank accounts.

“The limit of semi-closed PPIs issued with minimum details has been enhanced to Rs20,000 from the existing Rs10,000. The total value of reloads during any given month has also been enhanced to Rs20,000,” RBI said. Full KYC PPIs with balance up to Rs1,00,000 can continue to be made available by authorised PPI issuers, it added. The measures will be effective 21 November till 30 December. The earlier PPI guidelines did not specifically provide for opening of PPIs for such merchants as a separate category and the limit for semi-closed PPIs issued with minimum details was Rs 10,000.

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