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In a significant shift in India’s banking sector, digital savings accounts have been rapidly reshaping traditional banking norms, offering unparalleled convenience and efficiency. Leading the forefront of this transformation was Kotak811, exemplifying how digital banking is revolutionizing financial management in India.

With digital savings accounts like Kotak811, banking has become more accessible, convenient, and secure. Opening an account is as easy as a few clicks on a smartphone, requiring only Aadhaar and PAN cards for verification. With features like instant activation, zero balance requirements, free virtual debit cards, and credit cards against FDs without employment or income proofs, they meet the demands of today’s tech-savvy generation.

One of the standout features was Kotak811’s ActivMoney, allowing account holders to earn up to 7% interest p.a. on savings by automatically investing idle funds into fixed deposits, without penalties for withdrawal. This ensures maximum returns while maintaining liquidity.

Financial inclusion

Moreover, digital savings accounts have been democratising access to financial services, bridging the gap between urban professionals and rural entrepreneurs. With just a smartphone and internet connection, individuals, including the unemployed and freelancers, can access banking services seamlessly.

The RBI action

In a heavy action that has shocked the banking world, the Reserve Bank of India directed Kotak Mahindra Bank, a leading private sector bank, to stop onboarding of new customers through its online and mobile banking channels and (ii) issuing fresh credit cards. The bank shall, however, continue to provide services to its existing customers, including its credit card customers.

“These actions are necessitated based on significant concerns arising out of Reserve Bank’s IT Examination of the bank for the years 2022 and 2023 and the continued failure on part of the bank to address these concerns in a comprehensive and timely manner. Serious deficiencies and non-compliances were observed in the areas of IT inventory management, patch and change management, user access management, vendor risk management, data security and data leak prevention strategy, business continuity and disaster recovery rigour and drill, etc,” the RBI said in a notification.

For two consecutive years, the bank was assessed to be deficient in its IT Risk and Information Security Governance, contrary to requirements under Regulatory guidelines, it said, adding, “During the subsequent assessments, the bank was found to be significantly non-compliant with the Corrective Action Plans issued by the Reserve Bank for the years 2022 and 2023, as the compliances submitted by the bank were found to be either inadequate, incorrect or not sustained.”

In the absence of a robust IT infrastructure and IT Risk Management framework, the bank’s Core Banking System (CBS) and its online and digital banking channels have suffered frequent and significant outages in the last two years, the recent one being a service disruption on April 15, 2024, resulting in serious customer inconveniences. The bank is found to be materially deficient in building necessary operational resilience on account of its failure to build IT systems and controls commensurate with its growth.

Digital savings accounts have transformed the Indian banking landscape, offering unmatched convenience, flexibility, and value to customers. As the country marches towards a digital-first economy, these accounts will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the financial future of countless citizens.

  • Published On Apr 25, 2024 at 07:45 AM IST

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