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RBI Doubles Pre-paid Card Limit to Rs One Lakh

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed the norms for prepaid instruments (PPIs) to boost the growth of the industry. RBI has now allowed PPIs to issue cards with balance of up to Rs 1 lakh. Earlier, the limit was Rs 50,000.

RBI has also introduced a new category of open system PPIs. With this, a card can now be issued to the dependant or family member only if the account is fully Know Your Customer compliant (KYC). And only one card per beneficiary can be introduced.

For such PPIs, the maximum cash out allowed per month is Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 per transaction.

Now, banks can also issue rupee denominated cards to foreign travelers and to NRIs by overseas branches of banks in India directly or by cobranding with the exchange houses/money transmitters.

The maximum amount to be loaded on these cards is Rs 2 lakhs but the cash withdrawal from these cards is restricted to Rs 50,000 every month.

Source Business Standard