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Existing cheque clearing arrangement will continue till year end

Existing cheque clearing arrangement will continue till year end

Good news for those having non CTS cheques left for clearing. RBI has declared that the existing cheque clearing system will continue till year end. Non-CTS-2010 cheques (Cheque Truncation System) will continue to be cleared even after the deadline of July 31, 2013. However,banks must continue to make efforts to withdraw the non-CTS-2010 standard cheques in circulation, said the Reserve Bank of India, in a notification issued on Tuesday.

The deadline for the withdrawal of non-CTS-2010 standard cheques is July 31, 2013 and banks have begun to issue fresh cheques in the CTS-2010 complaint format. But there is still a large volume of non-CTS-2010 format cheques being presented in image-based clearing. Hence, the existing clearing arrangements will continue till December 31, 2013.

New clearing arrangements will be put into effect with effect from January 1, 2014,  in the three CTS centers – Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi – for clearing of non-CTS 2010 instruments. This separate clearing session will initially operate thrice a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), up to April 30, 2014.

Thereafter, the frequency of such separate sessions will be reduced to twice a week up to October 31, 2014 (Monday and Friday) and further to weekly once (Monday). If the day for clearing non-CTS-2010 instruments falls on a holiday, then these cheques will be presented on the previous working day. RBI further told that the operational instructions in this regard will be issued separately by the CTS centers.

Validity of Non – CTS Cheques extended

As per the Revised Guidelines of RBI the validity of Non-CTS compliant cheques have been extended till 31st  July 2013. Earlier it was extended till 31st March 2013. RBI has issued a note no. 1622 dated 18 March 2013 regarding extension of last date of CTS-2010 cheque book.

DPSS.CO.CHD.No. 1622/04.07.05/2012-13

March 18, 2013

The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer
All Scheduled Commercial Banks including RRBs /
Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks /
District Central Co-operative Banks/Local Area Banks

# Standardization and Enhancement of Security Features in Cheque Forms/Migrating to CTS 2010 standards

Madam / Dear Sir

A reference is invited to our circular DPSS.CO.CHD.No. 955/04.07.05/2012-13 dated December 14, 2012. On a review of the progress made by banks so far in migration to CTS-2010 standard cheques and in consultation with a few banks and Indian Banks Association, it has been decided to put in place the following arrangements for clearing of residual non-CTS-2010 standard cheques beyond the cutoff date of March 31, 2013.

1. All cheques issued by banks (including DDs / POs issued by banks) with effect from the date of this circular shall necessarily conform to CTS-2010 standard.
2. Banks shall not charge their savings bank account customers for issuance of CTS-2010 standard cheques when they are issued for the first time. However, banks may continue to follow their existing policy regarding cheque book issuance for additional issuance of cheques, in adherence to their accepted Fair Practices Code.
3. All residual non-CTS-2010 cheques with customers will continue to be valid and accepted in all clearing houses [including the Cheque Truncation System (CTS) centers] for another four months up to July 31, 2013, subject to a review in June 2013.
4. Cheque issuing banks shall make all efforts to withdraw the non-CTS-2010 Standard cheques in circulation before the extended timeline of July 31, 2013 by creating awareness among customers through SMS alerts, letters, display boards in branches/ATMs, log-on message in internet banking, notification on the web-site etc.
5. A progress report in this regard to be submitted to this department in the format prescribed in the annex, enabling monitoring of the progress made by banks in respect of migration to CTS-2010 standard cheques.
6. In addition, the bank-wise volume of inward clearing instruments processed in the Cheque Processing Centers will be monitored with respect to the CTS-2010 / non-CTS-2010 standard cheques presented on them.
7. No fresh Post Dated Cheques (PDC)/Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) cheques (either in old format or new CTS-2010 format) shall be accepted by lending banks in locations where the facility of ECS/RECS (Debit) is available. Lending banks shall make all efforts to convert existing PDCs in such locations into ECS/RECS (Debit) by obtaining fresh mandates from the borrowers.

The above instructions are issued under section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act 2007 (Act 51 of 2007).

Please acknowledge receipt and confirm compliance.

Yours faithfully,
(Vijay Chugh)
Chief General Manager