India Post ATM, operating procedure and process overview

The Department is implementing core banking in all departmental post offices (around 25,000). The 1.3 lakh branch offices will also be covered by deploying the CBS (Core Banking Solution) mobile application in hand-held devices that are to be supplied to these offices under the Rural ICT stream of the project. 

The CBS project will bring in facilities of ATM banking, Internet Banking, Mobile banking and Phone banking to the Post Office Savings Bank customers. Eventually, it will enable POSB customers to perform transactions 24x7 in ATMs and to transfer money from their account to any bank account through NEFT and RTGS on complete roll out of CBS.

M/s Infosys Ltd, the Financial Services System Integrator (FSI) is rolling out CBS and will install 1000 ATMs. 


















The PIN printing Unit has been setup at Bangalore CPC with required infrastructure. The Interim call centre is also being setup at Bangalore CPC to attend to ATM related grievances from ATM Card holders. M/s CMS info Systems Ltd. Mumbai is identified as the vendor for supply of ATM/Debit cards (RuPay). An ATM Reconciliation Centre has also been established at Bangalore CPC.

Features and operating procedure/process overview of Post Office ATM can be understood from the following.

1.3        INSTALLATION OF ATMS

FSI vendor (Infosys) is to Install 1000 ATMs across the country which is a part of CBS Project. The FSI vendor has engaged M/s NCR for supply of ATMs and M/s AGS as Managed Services Provider (including ATM cash management) as well as Vendor for Site preparation. M/s YCS (Yalamanchili) is the vendor engaged by the FSI for providing ATM switch and solution for Card Management Services (CMS).  Site survey of all 1000 locations for installation of ATMs has been completed. The Circle wise distribution of ATMs is as under:

Sl. No.
Circle
No of HO
No of SO
Total
1
Andhra Pradesh
95
0
95
2
Assam
19
7
26
3
Bihar
31
13
44
4
Chattisgarh
10
4
14
5
Delhi
12
14
26
6
Gujarat
34
7
41
7
Haryana
16
4
20
8
Himachal Pradesh
18
4
22
9
Jammu & Kashmir
9
4
13
10
Jharkhand
13
6
19
11
Karnataka
59
17
76
12
Kerala
51
5
56
13
Madhya Pradesh
43
9
52
14
Maharashtra
60
15
75
15
North-East
9
14
23
16
Orissa
35
9
44
17
Punjab
22
4
26
18
Rajasthan
48
16
64
19
Tamil Nadu
94
0
94
20
Uttar Pradesh
71
17
88
21
Uttarakhand
13
5
18
22
West Bengal
47
17
64

Total
809
191
1000

        INDIA POST ATM PROCESS OVERVIEW (INTERIM)

2.1        GENERAL

(i)    Interior of the ATM Site and Installation of ATM Machine is the responsibility of Vendor. When Machine is installed, 4 ATM Admin Cards (to be received from CPC Bangalore) and Keys of ATM Machine as well as ATM Room (to be given by Vendor) will be supplied to the Post Office.  Postmaster has to keep ATM Room keys only and the keys of Machine as well as Admin cards will be handed over to AGS representative at the time of first cash loading.


(ii)      Postmaster or any DoP official should not perform any cash loading operation for ATM. Postmaster or representative of the Post Office need not to put any password in the ATM Machine at the time of cash loading.

(iii)     In case of any problem in the ATM Machine, Post Office will contact AGS on the phone number which will be provided separately.

(iv)     Till final SOP is circulated, Post Office has to provide ATM Fit currency notes to the authorised AGS representative as and when he arrives for cash loading under proper acknowledgement / receipt. Postmaster or representative of the post office has to be present during cash loading in ATM. This is a temporary arrangement and after finalization of SOP, such cash need not be given from post office as AGS will bring cash directly from Bank.

(v)      In case of any doubt, post office may contact Circle ATM SPOC. Contact details of Circle SPOCs are enclosed. Help will also be available from CPC Bangalore at Phone No. 18004252440

2.2        ISSUE OF CARDS

(i)       Only POSB ATM/Debit cards can be used in these ATMs (Not the Cards issued by other banks).

(ii)      ATM/Debit Card requests of customers will be captured in Finacle by the Post Offices and request form along with KYC documents will be kept at the Post Office in a guard file. If customer has an account opened before migration to CBS, a separate New/Change KYC Form should be obtained from the customer and submitted to the CPC for scanning and uploading.

(iii)     CPC Bangalore will generate Files on daily basis (detail given in below process for CPC) and upload into YCS Card Management Application.

(iv)     PIN will be generated at CPC Bangalore and despatched to the address of the applicant through service registered mail.

(v)      Card Embossing File will be sent by CPC Bangalore to the Card Vendor.

(vi)     DMCC Chennai for the present and Card vendor (when on board) will prepare Post Office-wise bundles (for personalized cards) and send the same to the concerned Post Offices via service Insured Packet.

(vii)    DMCC or Card vendor (when on board) will send Insta Cards to CPC Bangalore via service Insured Packet.

(viii)    CPC Bangalore will create Welcome Kits in Finacle and prepare one envelope containing Welcome Letter, ATM/Debit Card and PIN. Bundles of Welcome Kits will be prepared at CPC and despatched to the concerned Post Offices via service Insured Packets.

(ix)     Post Offices concerned will maintain stock and issue registers for personalized cards and Welcome Kits separately in manuscript and take applicant’s signature against delivery in the issue register and make corresponding entries in the stock registers.

(x)      To start with, 50 Insta Cards are being sent to all concerned post offices by CPC Bangalore shortly. These cards should be issued, once ATM Machine is installed and tested at the location. Once final SOP is in place, maximum balance of Welcome Kits to be retained in a post office will be 550. When stock is reduced to 50, further indent of next 500 Welcome Kits should be sent through e mail to CPC Bangalore by post office.

(xi)     On viewing the indent, CPC Bangalore will generate subsequent Welcome Kits and despatch to the post offices.

(xii)    For the present, ATM/Debit Card will be issued to Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) Savings Account Holders who have balance of Rs.5000/- at the time of applying ATM/Debit Card.

(xiii)    Initially, following services will be available to POSB customers at ATMs:-

1.      Cash Withdrawal
2.      Fast Cash
3.     Balance Inquiry
4.      Mini Statement
5.      Funds Transfer (Funds Transfer within OWN Savings Accounts of POSB)
6.      Funds Transfer (Funds Transfer to other Savings Accounts of POSB)
          7.   Pin Change 

(xiv)   Maximum amount that can be withdrawn from ATMs in a single day will be Rs.25000/- and at a time, Rs,10,000/-.

(xv)    If any existing Account Holder desires to get ATM/Debit Card, application on the prescribed form along with KYC documents (if account is opened before migration) is to be obtained.

(xvi)   Depositor who wants to have ATM/Debit Card will submit application in the prescribed form at the post office where account stands.

(xvii)   Counter PA and Supervisor have to see as to whether the account was opened before or after migration to CBS. If account was opened prior to migration, full KYC documents as required as per Master Circular No.1/2012 should be taken. If account was opened after migration, Counter PA and Supervisor should see that KYC documents are submitted at the time of creating CIF.

(xviii)  PA and Supervisor have to ensure that all fields are properly filled by the depositor.

(xix)   PA will go to HACLI and see available balance in the account. If balance is either equal to or above Rs.5000/-, signatures on the application as well as available in the Finacle CBS application should be matched. Supervisor will also verify balance and signature in the account. They will put their signatures at the relevant place in application form in token of having verified signatures and approved issue of Card.

(xx)    Counter PA will Invoke menu CCMM (Custom Card Maintenance Menu) and enter relevant details.

1.      Personalized Cards

•         If customer has multiple Saving Accounts & wants to link to same card with all or selective accounts, Post Office should create a request for the Primary Card first.

•         When the customer visits the Post Office for collecting the card. Use CCMM (Modify Option) & place a request for activation
•         Use CCMM (Modify Option) & link other account to the card.

2.      Insta Cards
•         If customer has multiple Saving Accounts & wants to link to the same card, Post Office should create a request for the Primary Card first.
•         Ask the customer to place a request for linking on the subsequent visit, Use CCMM (Modify Option) & link other account to card.

2.3        OTHER OPTIONS

i)        Hot Listing – This option will be used when the Account Holder requests for hot listing of the card in event of
•         Card is Lost
•         Card is Damaged
•         Card is Stolen
•         Replace
ii)       Replacement – This option will be used when the Account Holder requests for replacement of the card.

iii)       ATM Pin Request – This option will be used when the Account Holder requests for subsequent Pin.

iv) Verify – This option will be used to verify the A (Add) or M (Modify) option. The Hot listing of cards in CMS (Card Management System) will be done during the verification in CBS (Finacle) by Supervisor.  Subsequent to Verification, other processing will be done by Bangalore CPC during the End of Day

v) Cancel – This option will be used to cancel the A (Add) or M (Modify) Operation conducted by the PA before verification in case of any mistake.

vi)  Inquire – This option will be used to inquire the details in CMS (Card Management System). Either CIF Number or Card Number or Both CIF Number and Card Number can be provided as an input on the criteria page and details will be listed in the “Details Screen”

vii)  History – This option will be used to inquire the request in CBS (Finacle). The enquiry will display the date on which the account holder has requested for the maintenance.

viii)  Every activity initiated by Counter PA has to be verified by the Supervisor.

ix)  The process for issue of personalized and instant cards is same except that for Personalized Cards, Card Holder’s name will be embossed on the card by existing Card Vendor and sent to DMCC instead of CPC Bangalore till new vendor is selected.

x)   Presently, interim process of issue of card by DMCC. Subsequently it will be replaced by the regular vendor M/s CMS info sys Ltd.

2.4        PROCESS TO BE EXCLUSIVELY FOLLOWED AT BANGALORE CPC

•          Bangalore CPC via CCDM (Custom Card Download Menu) on daily basis will download all files by giving parameter as date and in the field of SOL ID as “all”. These downloaded files will be processed automatically by CAMS (Card Access Management System) and details of how to check the errors will be explained in the CAMS (Card Access Management System) User Manuals.

•         Branch Registration File – This file contains the details of the SOL ID created in CBS (Finacle) for creating post offices in CMS (Card Management System). This activity is required to be done on the day of migration. CMS (Card Management System) has the details of the supervisor & address of the post offices where the “Welcome Kits” will be dispatched to.

•         New Customer Registration File – This file contains all the customers across post offices who have requested for card.

•         Account Details File – This file contains requests of all the customers across post offices who have requested for Linking/Delinking of additional accounts to existing cards.

•         Address Details File – This file contains the address of all customers who have been issued cards& have made changes to their address.

•         Renewal/Re-issue File – This file contains requests of all the customers who have placed a request for Renewal/Re-Issue

•         Reconciliation File – This file contains all financial transactions done during the day & is used during the reconciliation of ATM Transactions.

2.5        CARD STUFFING AND DESPATCH FROM BANGALORE ATM UNIT

(i)    Bangalore ATM Unit will receive the packets and verify the quantity of cards received with the relevant reports from the vendor.

(ii)  Bangalore ATM Unit will match the physical card with the PIN mailers based on card number and kit numbers from the correct PIN mailer bundle.

(iii)Bangalore ATM Unit will prepare the welcome kit by inserting the card, respective PIN mailer of the card along with the terms and conditions booklet and welcome letter.

(iv)Bangalore ATM Unit will prepare the welcome kit bundles SOL ID wise and will prepare individual packets.

(v)  Bangalore ATM Unit will generate the card generated report from CIMS application for the particular day for which the card bundles are prepared for despatch and a printed copy of the report will be kept inside the packets along with welcome kit bundles.

(vi)Bangalore ATM Unit will dispatch the cards in CIMS backend application based on the batch number before actually sending the welcome kit bundles to the respective Post Office.


(vii)                Bangalore ATM Unit will maintain a separate register for the cards that are dispatched through post to the respective Post Office. 
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