Cheque payment rules change from Jan 1: Details Inside

The new rule for cheque payments, which was decided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in August, will come into effective from January 1, 2021. The ‘positive pay system’ for cheque payments was approved by the RBI few months ago and under the new rule, re-confirmation of key details will be required for any payments above Rs 50,000.

According to RBI, the ‘Positive Pay’ has been designed keeping in mind the consumer safety and it will help in reducing the cases of fraud using cheque.

Explaining the ‘Positive Pay’ system, RBI explained, “The CTS-2010 standard specifying minimum-security features on cheque leaves acts as a deterrent against cheque frauds, while standardisation of field placements on cheque forms enables straight-through-processing by use of optical/image character recognition technology.”

“To further augment customer safety in cheque payments and reduce instances of fraud occurring on account of tampering of cheque leaves, it has been decided to introduce a mechanism of Positive Pay for all cheques of value Rs 50,000 and above,” it added.