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SBI opens Singapore remit centre

Rupee and Taka transactions at domitory

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Rupee and Taka transactions at dormitory

 

Traditional Chinese Lion Dance celebration at SBI’s remittance centre at workers dormitory in Singapore.

 

Responding to Singapore government’s initiative for making it “easy lifestyle” for construction workers at dormitories, the State Bank of India has set up a remittance centre in the suburb Punggol district.

“This is in line with the Singapore government’s initiative of providing doorstep facilities for the workers living in dormitories,” Soma Sankara Prasad, SBI’s Country Head, told Press Trust of India after opening the centre on Sunday.

Construction and marine industry workers can remit to their homes in India and Bangladesh in rupee and taka, respectively, he said. The centre will operate late in the night.

The centre was opened by India’s High Commissioner to Singapore, Jawed Ashraf, on Sunday. This reduces the worker’s time to travel to main banks and branches in city areas, he pointed out.

Depending on demand for the centre, SBI plans to open more outlets serving the South Asian workers. These centres will be in addition to the 25 ATMs and branches SBI is allowed as a full qualifying bank by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Rupee remittance was about SGD856 million as end of last year. Thirty-five per cent of the 285,000 construction workers in Singapore are from India. Rupee remittances have been becoming easier with online transactions and the spread of remittance points in Singapore.

The multiple modes of money transfers include Rupee Remittance App for Rupay-NETS which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 31, 2018, during his visit to Singapore.

Thirty banks in India will be managing the UPI Rupay-NETS (Singapore’s Network for Electronic Transfers) by end of this month, according to Prasad. It is currently handled by 10 banks.

He also noted the success of Jan Dhan programme with all Indian workers here holding accounts, which makes it much easier for remittances. fiinews.com

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