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24x7 RTGS for high-value transactions from December 14. Check details

The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) for high-value transactions will be available 24x7 on all days from December 14. This would make India one of the few countries to operate the system round-the-clock. "RTGS 24x7x365 will be launched with effect from 00:30 hours on December 14, 2020," the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a statement.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 10, 2020 9:43 IST
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24x7 RTGS for high-value transactions from December 14. Check details

The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) for high-value transactions will be available 24x7 on all days from December 14. This would make India one of the few countries to operate the system round-the-clock. "RTGS 24x7x365 will be launched with effect from 00:30 hours on December 14, 2020," the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a statement. In October, the central bank had announced that RTGS will be available 24x7 on all days of the year. The RBI said India will become one of the few countries in the world to operate its RTGS system round-the-clock throughout the year.

Earlier in 2019, the Reserve Bank of India operationalised NEFT 24x7. NEFT is the popular mode for small-value transactions. RTGS is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers, while NEFT is used for fund transfers of up to Rs 2 lakh.

RTGS, which started on March 26, 2004 with a soft launch involving four banks, presently handles 6.35 lakh transactions daily for a value of Rs 4.17 lakh crore across 237 participant banks.

The average ticket size for RTGS in November 2020 was Rs 57.96 lakh, making it a truly large-value payment system.

RTGS uses ISO 20022 format which is the best-in-class messaging standard for financial transactions. The feature of positive confirmation for credit to beneficiary accounts is also available in RTGS.

"Round the clock availability of RTGS will provide extended flexibility to businesses for effecting payments and will enable introduction of additional settlement cycles in ancillary payment systems. This can also be leveraged to enhance operations of Indian financial markets and cross-border payments," the RBI said.

Earlier, the RBI had decided not to levy charges on transactions through NEFT and RTGS in order to promote digital transactions, and had asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers.

The RBI used to levy minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through RTGS and NEFT. Banks, in turn, levied charges on their customers.

(With PTI inputs)

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