Mumbai: In order to minimise fraud cases and ensure security of transactions, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday asked banks to implement various safety measures related to credit card and debit card usage over a period of next two years.
The RBI directed banks to strengthen the existing payment infrastructure and future proofing system along with adoption of fraud risk management practices within a period of next 12-24 months, RBI said in a notification.
“The increased usage of credit/debit cards at various delivery channels also witnessed the increase of frauds taking place due to the cards being lost/stolen, data being compromised and cards skimmed/counterfeited. There is, therefore, an imperative need to secure such card based transactions...,” it said.
It also emphasised on the need to migrate to Euro pay MasterCard Visa (EMV) chip and PIN based cards from the present magnetic strip cards as the later is vulnerable to skimming and cloning.
“The need for a complete migration to EMV chip and PIN based cards could be considered based on the progress of ‘Aadhar´ (Unique Identification Card) in about 18 months,” it noted.
As per the circular, the RBI has directed banks to implement improved fraud risk management practices by 30 September, 2012. The banks have also been directed to strengthen merchant sourcing and monitoring process by 30 September, 2012.
The RBI also given a timeframe till 30 September, 2013, to banks for securing the technology infrastructure.
To strengthen infrastructure for accepting these cards, RBI has said that commercial readiness of acquiring infrastructure to support PIN at POS (points of sale) should be ready by June 30, 2013.
Similarly, the enablement of all POS terminals to accept debit card transactions with PIN should be completed by 30 June, 2013.
The apex bank also directed banks to be ready from technical perspective to issue EVM cards by 30 June, 2013.