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What is the Banking Ombudsman Scheme?

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme provides an expeditious and inexpensive forum to bank customers for resolution of complaints relating to certain services rendered by banks.

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme was introduced under Section 35 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, by RBI in 1995. The Banking Ombudsman is a senior official appointed by RBI to redress customer complaints against deficiency in certain banking services.

Where can one lodge his/her complaint?

One may lodge his/her complaint at the office of the Banking Ombudsman, under whose jurisdiction, the bank branch complained against is situated. For complaints relating to credit cards and other types of services with centralised operations, complaints may be filed before the Banking Ombudsman within whose territorial jurisdiction, the billing address of the customer is located.

Can compensation be claimed for mental agony and harassment?

The Banking Ombudsman may award compensation not exceeding Rs 1 lakh to the complainant only in case of complaints relating to credit card operations for mental agony and harassment. The Banking Ombudsman will take into account the loss of the complainant's time, expenses incurred by the complainant, harassment and mental anguish suffered by the complainant while passing such award.

What happens after a complaint is received by the Banking Ombudsman?

The Banking Ombudsman attempts to ensure a settlement of the complaint by an agreement between the complaint and the bank named in the complaint. If the terms of settlement (offered by the bank) are acceptable to one in full and final settlement of one's complaint, the Banking Ombudsman will pass an order as per the terms of settlement which becomes binding on the bank and the complainant.


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