PMC Bank senior citizen depositors have 2 options for liquidating their deposits with Unity Bank

PMC Bank senior citizen depositors have 2 options for liquidating their deposits with Unity Bank

Offers “discounted rate” early deposit encashment and a “fair rate of interest” OD facility. Senior citizens of former Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank now have two liquidity options: they may either encash their account balances at a reduced rate or use an overdraft facility, thanks to Unity Small Finance Bank (USFB).

This is meant to alleviate liquidity difficulties for senior citizen depositors (of the erstwhile PMC Bank who still have balances in Unity SFB after the deposit insurance payout). “Valid until December 31, 2022, or until the bank determines otherwise, both alternatives are meant to help with medical crises, wedding bells, and home renovations, among other personal needs.

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In a statement to its clients, Unity SFB said, “Interested consumers are requested to connect with their Branch Managers for more information and specific terms and conditions.”

According to the Bank, both liquidity options are completely voluntary, and clients can continue to earn quarterly dividends under the Amalgamation Scheme (of PMC Bank with Unity SFB).

Early Encashment allows a depositor to get a lump sum payment against all future payables at a discounted rate (Present Value).

According to Unity SFB, customers that demand a large corpus or a large amount of cash may profit from this.


Overdraft protection

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Depositors can acquire an overdraft based on their eligibility using the Overdraft Facility. According to the announcement, customers in need of a smaller quantity of money can utilize this service because it is offered at a fair rate of interest.

According to banking professionals, Unity SFB is attempting to build goodwill among former PMC Bank clients by providing the aforementioned liquidity options for them and their families to open deposits with it.


Term investments

At 7.50 per cent, the Bank is offering the highest interest rate on term deposits (TDs) with a duration of more than two years and up to five years. Cardholders pay a 50 basis point (0.5 per cent) higher interest rate than seniors.

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Savings bank deposits up to Rs 1 lakh and above 1 lakh, as well as those up to Rs 10 crore, get 6% and 7% interest, respectively.

Despite the deposit insurance being received by most of PMC Bank’s retail depositors with deposits up to $5 lakh, those with balances above this threshold will receive their money back over an extended 10 year period beginning on the appointed date (January 25, 2022) of the merger of the urban cooperative bank and Unity SFB.

Retail depositors of the erstwhile PMC Bank with deposits of, say, *15 lakh would have received the deposit insurance amount of *5 lakh under the Amalgamation Scheme.

This depositor will get the remaining funds in five instalments: 50,000 at the end of the first and second years from the designated date, 1 lakh and 2.50 lakh at the end of the third and fourth years, respectively, and 5.50 lakh at the end of the fifth year. During the first five years, no interest is paid on these contributions.

If a depositor’s balance remains after the fifth year payout, he or she will be paid the same amount over the next five years. After the fifth year from the specified date, simple interest at the rate of 2.75 per cent will be paid at the end of each year.

“The Bank has to specify the discounted rate (haircut that a depositor may have to endure) if a depositor chooses the early encashment option, as well as the “fair rate of interest” if a depositor chooses the overdraft facility.”

Given that depositors of the former PMC Bank would not receive interest on their accounts for the first five years following the appointed date, they should carefully consider the advantages of the two liquidity alternatives given by Unity SFB.

On June 18, 2021, the RBI gave Centrum Financial Services Ltd (CFSL) “in principle” authorisation to establish an SFB (Unity).

This permission came as a result of CFSL’s February 2021 bid in response to PMC Bank’s November 2020 Expression of Interest (EoI) announcement about its rebuilding.

CFSB, the Centrum Group’s small business lending arm, and Resilient Innovations Pvt Ltd, a fintech startup, have collaborated to promote Unity SFB (BharatPe).

With effect from January 25, 2022, all PMC Bank branches have been converted to Unity SFB branches.

edited and proofread by nikita sharma

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