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Necessity of abbreviation list of narrations related to Banking Transactions is need of hour

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Necessity of abbreviation list of narrations related to Banking Transactions is need of hour
By: G Binani
July 4, 2018
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Nowadays due to digitization we get our salary, dividends, interest etc. credited directly in our bank accounts. Similarly, various EMIs, School Fees, House Rent etc. are also debited from our bank accounts i.e. as per our standing instructions.

However when we get our bank statement, we face a number of problems in reconciling our accounts. It is predominantly due to the narration used by the bank for two main reasons - 

1. Language uses by data entry operator 

2. Words restriction in software system i.e. full narration do not appear.

Besides above it is also noticed that bank uses different set of narrations. At one place, for example, credit of dividend from Tata Teleservices, they will use a particular narration Div/ Tata / 76767868768 but on another month they themselves uses another set of narration TataTel / NEFT/ 687678676. We keep guessing what it would mean and if we can't understand, we would have to approach the bank to understand

1. What this credit is about

2. From which company has this dividend in form of NEFT came

The issue still persisting in my given example are as under :-

1. By mentioning only Tata in narration increases confusion as there are so many companies which starts from the word Tata.

2. The format of Narration used by banks is not standardized. 

Suggestion :-

1. A standardized name for the company or credited should be used. For example TISCO, TataTele, TataPower etc.

2. The format of the narration should be Creditor NameType of Transaction Nature of Transaction / UTRN. For example-

    A ]  if Tata Power is crediting dividend in form of NEFT, the narration should be TataPower/NEFT/Div/536637474

    B ] 

If Suraj Kumar Binani has issued me a cheque 565677 which I had deposited in my account and is being cleared by my bank, the narration should  be 

SurajBinani / Clearing / Cheque / 56567


In my opinion to overcome all these difficulties RBI should prepare an abbreviation list of narrations with the help of all intermediaries which should be standard to be used by all Banks. It is ironical as RBI had advised all banks over this subject but ground reality is well known to all of us i.e. there has not been any implementation of the same.

Abbreviation list will bring uniformity, discipline and will help data feeder as well as bank management and customers to understand what it means. This abbreviation list of narrations should be made easily available on every bank's websites for ready reference and should be updated periodically.

Unless we introduce these type of discipline in banking system, we cannot expect improvement in services. This implementation would save time, energy and will enhance relationship between Banks and its customers.

Besides above I will further suggest that 

RBI should put proper mechanism to monitor implementation of this by all banks as a mandate.

The above process should be taken up on urgent basis and the list should be get prepared on war footing so that it should not get lingered. Once list gets entry into system then only its' implications can be judged.

Moreover there is also scope for modification, addition etc. which will add its' usefulness.

Trust readers, in their own interest will take up this matter at all levels either individually OR thru their forums so that suitable narrations list get issued without any further delay.


G D Binani


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By: G Binani - July 4, 2018


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It is well known that due to PM Modiji's initiation self attestation got implemented and that still provide relief to we all.

Inspired with above I like to draw the attention towards one important small administrative type of reform matter - which will definitely provide relief to masses, if get implemented

Hence please initiate according to your wisdom

By: G Binani
Dated: 08/07/2018


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