Citibank vs Jammu & Kashmir Bank: Children’s Savings Accounts

Citibank offers a single dedicated children’s savings account called Citibank Junior Account. However, Jammu & Kashmir Bank does not have a specific account for minors and instead provides its savings accounts for minors above the age of 10 years.

Children’s Savings Accounts from Citibank

Citibank offers the Citibank Junior Account as a children’s savings account.

Citibank Junior Account

The account is available for all children below the age of 18 years.

Features

  • Need at least two accountholders of whom the first is the minor and the second the parent or guardian
  • Comes with Systematic Investment Plans that helps the parent plan the child’s future
  • Children above the age of 15 years also get a debit card
  • The Citibank Junior Account comes with two insurance plan options – BSLI Classic Child Plan and Dream Child Plan – that allow the parent to plan for the child’s education. The bank offers 10 different investment funds under the Classic Child Plan
  • Accountholders can open their children’s Investment Services Accounts with the bank. They get online access to the investments and also get comprehensive reports on financial markets

Children’s Savings Accounts from Jammu & Kashmir Bank

Jammu & Kashmir Bank does not have a specific account for minors and provides its savings accounts for minors above the age of 10 years.

General Savings Account

This is the standard savings account of the bank and can be opened by individuals singly or jointly, by HUFs and by minors aged 10 years or above. Even organisations approved by RBI can open an account.

Features

  • Accountholders who have a chequebook need to maintain Rs. 2,000 as average monthly balance while those without chequebooks only need to have Rs. 1,000 as average monthly balance
  • Minors get their own ATM-debit card
  • The bank offers up to 30 free over the counter cash withdrawals for accountholders every 6 months
  • The international debit card comes with a limit of Rs. 40,000 for ATM withdrawals and Rs. 1 lakh for POS (card swipe) transactions
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank offers complimentary online and mobile banking facilities for the General Savings Account
  • The bank offers a free chequebook of 20 leaves in a year. The number of leaves for senior citizens is 25

Deluxe Savings Account

This is a premium savings account offering from the bank and as with the general account can be opened by individuals, whether singly or jointly, by HUFs, by minors who are 10 years or above in age and by organisations approved by RBI to open a savings account.

Features

  • The account requires an average monthly balance of Rs. 5,000
  • As with the General account, the Deluxe account provides up to 30 free over the counter cash withdrawals for accountholders every six months
  • The debit card comes with a slightly higher ATM withdrawal limit of Rs. 1 lakh and POS (card swipe) transaction limit of Rs. 1.5 lakh
  • The Deluxe Savings Account comes with free online and mobile banking facilities
  • As with the General Savings Account, the Deluxe account comes with a complimentary chequebook of 20 leaves every year for regular users and of 25 leaves for senior citizens

General Small Account

This account is a type of savings account created to bring the unbanked population into the fold of the banking sector. Literate minors above the age of 10 years can open the account.

Features

  • The bank only needs a deposit of Rs. 50 to open the account though
  • The General Small Account has a maximum balance limit, however, of Rs. 50,000
  • It also comes with a cap on the maximum amount that can be credited in a year. It currently stands at Rs. 1 lakh
  • There is limit on number and amount of withdrawals and transfers each month (4 withdrawals and up to Rs. 10,000 in terms of amount)
  • The bank offers a chequebook if one maintains a balance of Rs.1,000 per month for at least 6 months

Reference Facts

  • Citibank Website: www.online.citibank.co.in
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Number: 1860 210 2484, +91 22 4955 2484 (from outside India)
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank Website: www.jkbank.com
  • Headquarters: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 1800 234, 1800 1800 234 (E-Banking)