The Central Bank of India, which is celebrated its 103rd Foundation day on Monday, has launched a new mobile banking application and a EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) compliant 'RuPay' debit card.
Finance Minister P Chidamabaram launched the scheme, along with 103 branches and 103 ATMs of the bank, through video conferencing.
Rajeev Rishi, Chairman and Managing Director of the Bank, said the card would help traders to draw Rs. 40,000 a day or Rs. 1 lakh in case of international transactions.
The RuPay Debit Card would be accepted at all channels, including - ATMs, PoS machines, e-commerce sites, now that EMV chip and PIN cards with global acceptability have been introduced, an official of the bank said.
The EMV-compliant RuPay Debit Card is based on the Swadeshi Platform and is more secure with in-built security chip, he said.
The mobile banking application is said to be intended to promote greener and eco-friendly channels of banking, while at the same time facilitating all types of customers to avail banking services on the go.
Rishi said the bank had always been a common man's lender and chose the occasion to focus on the rural and underprivileged sector as well.
The Central Bank of India also launched a special Chola Arogya Bhima Health Insurance Policy through the Finance Minister, to provide affordable health insurance to 1.03 lakh rural families. 503 women's self-help groups were linked with the Bank's financial assistance.
R K Goyal and Animesh Chauhan, executive directors of the Central Bank, were also present at the occasion.
The finance minister also inaugurated the Central Bank's CSR activities in 103 government schools (100 in Central Bank's lead districts and three in Sivaganga District).