Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility Scheme

Q.1. What are the salient features of Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility Scheme?
Ans : Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility is a cross-border remittance scheme to transfer funds from India to Nepal, enabled under the NEFT Scheme. The scheme was launched to provide a safe and cost-efficient avenue to migrant Nepalese workers in India to remit money back to their families in Nepal. A remitter can transfer funds up to Indian Rupees 50,000 (maximum permissible amount) from any of the NEFT-enabled branches in India..The beneficiary would receive funds in Nepalese Rupees. Further details on the NEFT system and the NEFT-enabled branches are available on the website of Reserve Bank of India at
Q.2. Is it necessary for the remitter to maintain an account with a bank branch in India?
Ans : No, this is not a mandatory requirement. Under the Scheme, even a walk-in customer can transfer funds upto Rs 50,000 by depositing the cash at the remitting bank branch..
Q.3. Does the beneficiary need to maintain an account with a bank branch in Nepal?
Ans : No, even this is not mandatory. It would, however, be ideal if the beneficiary maintains an account with a bank branch in Nepal to which the credit could be afforded. In Nepal, the Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility Scheme is handled by Nepal SBI Ltd. (NSBL). If the beneficiary does not have a bank account with NSBL or resides in a locality/ area in Nepal not serviced by a NSBL bank branch, an arrangement has been entered into by NSBL with a money transfer company in Nepal (called Prabhu Money Transfer) who would make arrangements for delivery of cash (in Nepalese Rupees) to the beneficiary.
Q.4. What are the minimum documents needed to be presented by the remitter?
Ans : If the remitting customer maintains an account with a bank branch in India, there is no need for any additional information, documents or identification. Else, the remitter has to submit documents for proof of identification such as Passport / Permanent Account Number / Driving License / Telephone Bill / Certificate of Identification issued by his employer with photograph and other details. The information will be captured in the NEFT system as part of compliance with the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. Complete address and telephone / mobile number of the beneficiary in Nepal will also be required.

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