Indian Overseas Bank vs North East Small Finance

Indian Overseas Bank vs North East Small Finance Bank

Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) offers the SB – Little Star account for young children while North East Small Finance does not offer a dedicated savings bank account for minors. However, its standard and premium savings accounts may be available to minors, possibly jointly and to be operated by the parent or guardian.

Children’s Savings Accounts from Indian Overseas Bank

SB – Little Star Account

The account has been designed for all children – from 1 day old babies to up to 18 year old young adults.

Features

  • The account can be opened by any child aged 1 day to less than 18 years
  • The minimum balance needed in the account is Rs. 100, while the maximum amount that can be kept is Rs. 50,000
  • IOB offers free collection facility for cheques or draft instruments gifted to the child and valued up to Rs. 25,000 per annum
  • It also offers a Sweep-In, Sweep-Out facility where any amount in the account in excess of Rs. 10,000 is taken out of the account and turned into fixed deposits of Rs. 2,000 each. If the balance falls below Rs. 10,000 then the most recent fixed deposits are put back in the SB – Little Star Account so the balance is back to being at least Rs. 10,000
  • Parents also have the option to invest in other options such as recurring deposits, insurance, mutual funds and so on

Children’s Savings Accounts from North East Small Finance Bank Limited

North East Small Finance Bank does not offer a dedicated savings bank account for minors though its standard and premium savings accounts may be available to minors, possibly jointly and to be operated by the parent or guardian.

Regular Savings Account

This is the standard savings account of the bank.

Features

  • The account has a minimum balance requirement of Rs. 500 in rural areas, Rs. 1,000 in semi-urban and Rs. 2,000 in urban areas
  • Accountholders get access to personalised debit cards
  • The bank offers doorstep banking facilities
  • The Regular Savings Account comes with free passbooks
  • Accountholders can manage and access their account details through the SMS facility or through online banking

Premium Savings Account

This savings account is one step up from the regular savings account.

Features

  • The account has a minimum average quarterly balance requirement of Rs. 25,000
  • Accountholders can get five demand drafts made in a month without any charge
  • The bank also offers two free NEFT, RTGS or IMPS transactions per month
  • Like the standard account, the Premium Savings Account also offers free passbooks, an SMS facility and online banking options

Reference Facts

  • Indian Overseas Bank Website: www.iob.in and www.iobnet.co.in (net banking)
  • Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 425 4445
  • North East Small Finance Bank Website: www.nesfb.com
  • Headquarters: Guwahati, Assam
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 121 1905