State owned Canara Bank today said it will charge Rs 60 per year to customers for SMS alerts beginning October 2013.
"We wish to inform that in line with the industry trend, our bank is compelled to charge Rs 15 per quarter per customer with effect from 1st October, 2013, for SMS services and those who have opted for SMS alerts," Canara Bank said in a notification.
However, the bank said senior citizens, small savings account holders, basic bank accounts holders, and financial inclusion savings account holders will not be charged any such fee.
In March 2011, the Reserve Bank (RBI) had issued guidelines for banks to send online alerts to customers for all types of transactions, irrespective of the amount, involving the usage of cards, Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said in the Parliament recently.
However, RBI has not issued any guideline on charging any banks for providing SMS alerts, he added.