KYC norms for self-help groups relaxed: RBI

4/02/2013
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed know your customer (KYC) norms for Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
RBI to ensure that members of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are not kept out of the ambit of banking services, the RBI said that banks can open savings account for the SHG even if ‘know your customer’ verification is completed for only the office bearers of the SHG. “In order to address the difficulties faced by SHGs in complying with Know Your Customer (KYC) norms while opening savings bank accounts and credit linking of their accounts, it has been decided to simplify certain norms for SHGs,” 

According to new directives of RBI, it will not be mandatory for the banks to complete the KYC of all members of the SHG before opening a bank account, rather now, verification can be completed only for the office bearers of the SHG.

The central bank also clarified that the banks would have already completed the KYC norms for the SHG while opening SHG’s bank account, there would be no need for a separate KYC verification while giving credit to the SHGs.
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