Speed Clearing

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Speed Clearing

Speed Clearing refers to collection of outstation cheques through the local clearing house. It facilitates collection of cheques drawn on outstation core-banking-enabled branches of banks, if they have a net-worked branch locally.

What is Speed Clearing ?
Speed Clearing refers to collection of outstation cheques through the local clearing. It facilitates collection of cheques drawn on outstation core-banking-enabled branches of banks, if they have a net-worked branch locally.
Why Speed Clearing ?
As of now, outstation cheques are paid through two channels viz. on Collection basis or through National Clearing (Inter-city Clearing). This requires movement of cheques from the Presentation centre (city where the cheque is presented) to Drawee centre (city where the cheque is payable) which elongates the realisation time for cheques. Speed Clearing aims to reduce the time taken for realisation of outstation cheques.
What is "Collection basis" ?
A person who has an outstation cheque with him deposits it with his bank’s branch. It is called Presenting branch. This cheque is sent for collection to the city where it is payable / drawn called Destination centre or Drawee centre. The branch providing the collection service at the Destination centre is called Collecting branch. On receipt of the cheque, the Collecting branch presents it in local clearing to the Drawee branch or the Destination branch. Once the cheque is paid the Collecting branch remits the proceeds to the Presenting branch. On receipt of realisation advice of the cheque from the Collecting branch, the customer’s account is credited. This, in short, is the process of Collection. When a cheque is taken on Collection basis by a bank, it credits the customer’s account after realisation.
Alternatively, in the absence of a collection arrangement at the Destination centre, the Presenting branch will send the cheque directly to the Destination branch for payment.
How long does it take for getting credit of an outstation cheque sent (i) on Collection basis and through (ii) National Clearing (Inter-city Clearing) ?
Generally, it takes around a week to three weeks time to get outstation cheques realised through Collection basis. In case of National Clearing, it takes around a week’s time. National Clearing is an arrangement under which the Clearing Houses managed by RBI provide inter-city cheque collection service to member banks of those Clearing Houses.
Is National Clearing available in all cities ?
No. It is available at fifteen cities viz. Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram.
How does the Local Cheque Clearing work ?
In Local Cheque Clearing in 61 major centres, cheques are processed at the Clearing Houses on mechanical sorters, using Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) technology.
Local Clearing handles only those cheques that are drawn on branches within the jurisdiction of the local Clearing House. Generally, the distance between the Clearing House and the participating branches is defined, taking into account the local transportation and communication facilities as the cheques have to physically move to and from the Clearing House. For example, for a cheque to be processed in Local Clearing in Mumbai, both the presenting and drawee branches should be within the jurisdiction of the Clearing House in Mumbai.
How does the Speed Clearing work ?
Banks have networked their branches by implementing Core Banking Solutions (CBS). In CBS environment, cheques can be paid at any location obviating the need for their physical movement to the Drawee branch. The concept Speed Clearing combines the advantages of MICR clearing with CBS.
Cheques drawn on outstation CBS branches of a Drawee bank can be processed in the Local Clearing under the Speed Clearing arrangement if the Drawee bank has a branch presence at the local centre.
When will the beneficiary get funds under Speed Clearing ?
As on date, the local cheques are processed on T+1 working day basis and customers get the benefit of withdrawal of funds on a T+1 or 2 basis. “T” denotes transaction day viz. date of presentation of cheque at the Clearing House. So, the outstation cheques under Speed Clearing will also be paid on T+1 or 2 basis.
How is Speed Clearing an improvement over National Clearing ?
In case of National Clearing the cheque is realised in around a week’s time. Under the Speed Clearing, it would be realised on T+1 or 2 basis viz. within 48 hours.
National Clearing is restricted to cheques drawn on the specified locations. Speed Clearing has no geographical limitation. Cheques drawn on any location may be cleared as long as the branch is in CBS.
National Clearing necessitates movement of the cheque to the Drawee centre. Speed Clearing facilitates the clearing of such cheques locally without the need to move the cheques to the Drawee centre.
Which are the centres where Speed Clearing is presently available ?
Speed Clearing is currently available in the following centres of our Bank:
Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Salem, Pune, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Erode, Trichy, Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Vishakapatnam
What about charges for cheques cleared through Speed Clearing ?
Savings Account: Upto and inclusive of Rs. 1,00,000 : Free
Rs. 0.15 paise per Rs. 100 subject to a minimum commission of Rs. 150.00 and maximum of Rs. 1,500.00 per instrument plus Postage + other bank charges at actual + Service Tax
Current Account: Rs. 0.15 paise per Rs. 100.00 subject to a minimum commission of Rs. 15.00 and maximum of Rs. 1,500.00 per instrument plus Postage + other bank charges at actual + Service Tax.
What about the return charges for the cheques presented in Speed clearing?
Savings Account:
Upto Rs. 10,000.00
Rs. 50.00 per instrument plus Service Tax as applicable.
Above Rs. 10,000.00 to Rs. 1,00,000.00
Rs. 100.00 per instrument plus Service Tax as applicable.
Rs. 1,00,001.00 and above
50% of Outstation Cheque Collection Charges plus Service Tax as applicable.
Current Accounts & Other type of Accounts
50% of Outstation Cheque Collection Charges plus Service Tax as applicable.