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August 19, 2021

Know locker safety guidelines by RBI

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in RBI

Know locker safety guidelines by RBI


August 18, 2021

All Scheduled Commercial Banks (including RRBs)
All Co-operative Banks
All Small Finance Banks
All Payments Banks
All Local Area Banks


Safe Deposit Locker/Safe Custody Article Facility provided by the banks- Revised Instructions

Please refer to the extant instructions issued to Regulated Entities (REs) by the Reserve Bank on the above subject. Taking into consideration the various developments in the area of banking and technology, nature of consumer grievances and also the feedback received from banks and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), Reserve Bank of India (‘the Reserve Bank’) has reviewed the guidelines/instructions issued on the above subject. The review also takes into account, the principles enumerated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in ‘Amitabha Dasgupta vs United Bank of India’, (Judgment dated February 19, 2021 in CA No. 3966 of 2010).

2. Accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 35A and Sections 45ZC to 45ZF of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, read with Section 56 of the Act ibid and all other provisions of this Act or any other law enabling the Reserve Bank in this regard, the Reserve Bank being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient in public interest to do so, hereby issues the detailed revised instructions on the above subject. The revised instructions, attached as Annex to this circular, are issued in supersession of the earlier instructions issued by the Reserve Bank on the subject as listed in the Appendix. The banks are advised to frame their own Board approved policy/ operational guidelines in this regard taking into account the revised instructions.

3. The revised instructions shall come into force with effect from January 1, 2022 (except where otherwise specified) and be applicable to both new and existing safe deposit lockers and the safe custody of articles facility with the banks.

Yours faithfully,

(Thomas Mathew)
Chief General Manager



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