DICGC And Rules and Regulations for Insurance of Bank Deposits
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Q. What is the full form of DICGC :
Ans : The full form of DICGC is Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation .
Q. What is the main purpose or aim of DICGC ?
Ans : Its aim is to bring financial stability to the banking system through deposit insurance, special for the benefit of small depositors. Thus, DICGC is a deposit insurance provider for small depositors.
Q. Which banks are insured by the DICGC?
Ans : DICGC insurance covers :
(a) Commercial Banks: All commercial banks including branches of foreign banks functioning in India, local area banks and regional rural banks are insured by the DICGC.
(b) Cooperative Banks: At present all co-operative banks other than those from the State of Meghalaya and the Union Territories of Chandigarh, Lakshadweep and Dadra and Nagar Haveli are covered by the DICGC.
However, Primary cooperative societies are NOT insured by the DICGC.
Q. What type of deposits are insured by DICGC?
The DICGC insures all deposits such as savings, fixed, current, recurring, etc. deposits EXCEPT the following types of deposits
i. Deposits of foreign Governments;
ii. Deposits of Central/State Governments;
iii. Inter-bank deposits;
iv. Deposits of the State Land Development Banks with the State co-operative bank;
v. Any amount due on account of and deposit received outside India \
vi. Any amount, which has been specifically exempted by the corporation with the previous approval of Reserve Bank of India
Q. What is the maximum deposit amount insured by the DICGC?
Each depositor in a bank is insured upto a maximum of 1,00,000 (Rupees One Lakh) for both principal and interest amount held by him in the same right and same capacity as on the date of liquidation/cancellation of bank's licence or the date on which the scheme of amalgamation/merger/reconstruction comes into force.
Q. What is the ceiling on amount of Insured deposits kept by one person in different branches of a bank?
The deposits kept in different branches of a bank are aggregated for the purpose of insurance cover and a maximum amount upto Rupees one lakh is paid.
Q. Does the DICGC insure just the principal on an account or both principal and accrued interest?
The DICGC insures both principal and interest (but only upto a maximum amount of Rs One lakh as explained above.
Q. Can deposit insurance be increased by depositing funds into several different accounts all at the same bank?
All funds held in the same type of ownership at the same bank are added together before deposit insurance is determined. If the funds are in different types of ownership or are deposited into separate banks they would then be separately insured.
Q. Are deposits in different banks separately insured?
Yes. If you have deposits with more than one bank, deposit insurance coverage limit is applied separately to the deposits in each bank.
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Q Can you explain the meaning of deposits held in the same capacity and same right; and deposits held in different capacity and different right?
If an individual opens more than one deposit account in one or more branches of a bank for example, Ms Katrina opens one or more savings/current account, and also has one or more fixed/recurring deposit accounts etc. in the same bank, all these are considered as accounts held in the same capacity and in the same right. Therefore, the balances in all these accounts are aggregated and insurance cover is available upto rupees one lakh in maximum.
If Ms Katrina also opens other deposit accounts in her capacity as a partner of a firm or guardian of a minor or director of a company or trustee of a trust or a joint account, say with her mother Mrs Kareena, in one or more branches of the bank then such accounts are considered as held in different capacity and different right. Accordingly, such deposits accounts will also enjoy the insurance cover upto rupees one lakh separately.
It is further clarified that the deposit held in the name of the proprietary concern where a depositor is the sole proprietor and the amount of Deposit held in his individual capacity are aggregated and insurance cover is available upto rupees one lakh in maximum.
Deposits held in joint accounts (revised w.e.f. April 26, 2007)
If more than one deposit accounts (Savings, Current, Recurring or Fixed deposit) are jointly held by individuals in one or more branch of a bank say three individuals A, B & C hold more than one joint deposit accounts in which their names appear in the same order then all these accounts are considered as held in the same capacity and in the same right. Accordingly, balances held in all these accounts will be aggregated for the purpose of determining the insured amount within the limit of 1 lakh.
However, if individuals open more than one joint accounts in which their names are not in the same order for example, A, B and C; C, B and A; C, A and B; A, C and B; or group of persons are different say A, B and C and A, B and D etc. then, the deposits held in these joint accounts are considered as held in the different capacity and different right. Accordingly, insurance cover will be available separately upto rupees one lakh to every such joint account where the names appearing in different order or names are different.
Q. Can the bank deduct the amount of dues payable by the depositor?
Yes. Banks have the right to set off their dues from the amount of deposits. The deposit insurance is available after netting of such dues.
Q. Who pays the cost of deposits insurance?
Deposit insurance premium is borne entirely by the insured bank.
Q. When is the DICGC liable to pay?
Rules when a bank goes into liquidation, : DICGC is liable to pay to each depositor through the liquidator, the amount of his deposit upto Rupees one lakh within two months from the date of receipt of claim list from the liquidator.
Rules when a bank is reconstructed or amalgamated / merged with another bank: DICGC pays the bank concerned, the difference between the full amount of deposit or the limit of insurance cover in force at the time, whichever is less and the amount received by him under the reconstruction / amalgamation scheme within two months from the date of receipt of claim list from the transferee bank / Chief Executive Officer of the insured bank/transferee bank as the case may be.
Q Does the the DICGC directly deal with the depositors of failed banks?
No. In the event of a bank's liquidation, the liquidator prepares depositor wise claim list and sends it to the DICGC for scrutiny and payment. The DICGC pays the money to the liquidator who is liable to pay to the depositors. In the case of amalgamation / merger of banks, the amount due to each depositor is paid to the transferee bank.
Q. Can any insured bank withdraw from the the DICGC coverage?
No. The deposit insurance scheme is compulsory and no bank can withdraw from it.
Q Can the DICGC withdraw deposit insurance coverage from any bank?
The Corporation may cancel the registration of an insured bank if it fails to pay the premium for three consecutive periods. In the event of the DICGC withdrawing its coverage from any bank for default in the payment of premium the public will be notified through newspapers.
Source : Compiled from DICGC and RBI websites