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What is BCSBI? What are its Responsibilities?

January 29, 2018

BCSBI stands for The Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI), which is an independent industry watchdog that works in the interest of the consumer rights in the banking sector.


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A Brief History

It was the former deputy general of RBI, S S Tarapore, who introduced the concept of setting up a committee that can help the banking customers to enjoy better financial services. And so, BCSBI was registered as a separate body under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in 2006.

The following are the main objectives of the BCSBI:

  • To create and provide detailed Codes and Standards for the banks to follow with a focus on fair practice and quality customer service.
  • To increase transparency between the banks and the customers.
  • To nurture the relationship between the banks and the customers.
  • To research and analyze the Codes and Standards followed by the banks around the world.
  • To keep a close watch on the banks across the nation to ensure they comply with the Codes and Standards provided to them.

How does BCSBI Perform its Duties?

The BCSBI takes many steps to ensure its goals are met. Some of these include:

  • Studying the complaints received from the customers, as well as the actions taken by the Ombudsman.
  • Organizing a conference with the Principal Code Compliance Officers of the banks on a yearly basis.
  • Visiting various bank branches in person to ensure that the recommended Codes are being followed.

Some of the basic codes that BCSBI wants the banks to follow include:

  • Setting up a help desk at all branches to address the customer queries.
  • Displaying the name and address of the banking ombudsman particular to each bank branch.
  • Having a Code Compliance Officer to ensure the rightful implementation of the Codes and Standards.
  • Displaying the name and contact number of the Code Compliance Officer at each branch.


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