RBI’s Positive Pay system – UPSC Prelims

What is Positive Pay Mechanism?
    • Positive Pay is a fraud detection tool adopted by banks to protect customers against forged, altered or counterfeit cheques.
    • It crosses verifies all details of the cheque issued before funds are encashed by the beneficiary.
    • In case of a mismatch, the cheque is sent back to the issuer for examination.
    • By following such a system, a bank knows of a cheque being drawn by the customer even before it is deposited by the beneficiary into his/her account.
How does the mechanism work?
  • Under Positive Pay feature, the issuer will first share the details of the issued cheque like cheque number, date, name of the payee, account number, amount and the likes through his/her net banking account.
  • Along with this, an image of the front and reverse side of the cheque is also required to be shared, before handing it over to the beneficiary.
  • When the beneficiary submits the cheque for encashment, the details are compared with those provided to the bank through Positive Pay.
  • If the details match, the cheque is honoured. However, in the case of mismatch, the cheque is referred to the issuer.
  • In this way, any cheque where any sort of fraud has happened cannot be cleared at all and hence, a depositor’s money can be protected.
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