SBI Card starts charging Rs. 100 on small payments via cheque

New Delhi: SBI Card, with over 4 million customers, has started charging Rs100 for payment through cheque if the amount is up to Rs2,000 and anything above will attract no fee.

The fee kicks in from 1 April. The move, SBI Card said, is aimed at encouraging digital payments in line with the government’s policy.

“A fee of Rs 100 will be charged for payments made by cheque for an amount less than or equal to Rs 2,000 w.e.f 1 April 2017,” it said.

The credit card company, however, said there will be no additional fee for cheque payments greater than Rs2,000.

CEO of SBI Card Vijay Jasuja said that over 90% of its customers make payments through non-cheque mode. “We have observed a trend of payment related disputes arising in small cheque payments, causing inconvenience to customers as well. We offer several seamless digital modes of payment which we are seeking to encourage, in line with the government’s focus towards digital payments and this step will facilitate the same,” the CEO said.

Jasuja added that there will be no charge on cheque payments on holders of SBI Card Unnati which is targeted at first-time credit card users and aimed at inclusion of people into the organised financial stream.

With a customer base of over 4 million, SBI Card operates through a footprint of more than 90 locations in India.

SBI Card is a joint venture between State Bank of India and GE Capital. The joint venture operates through two companies. GE Capital Business Processes Management Services (GECBPMSL) takes care of the technology and processing needs of SBI Card while SBI Cards and Payments Services (SBICPSL) focuses on customer acquisition, marketing and risk management of SBI Card.

Last month, SBI had said it would increase its stake in SBI Card to 74% by June-end.