Utkarsh Small Finance Bank vs Union Bank of India: Children’s Savings Accounts

Utkarsh Small Finance Bank offers a children’s savings account, simply called the Minor Savings Account. However, Union Bank of India does not offer dedicated children’s account but instead offers minors the chance to have an account through its Regular Savings Account and Union Family Savings Scheme products.

Children’s Savings Accounts from Utkarsh Small Finance Bank

Utkarsh Small Finance Bank offers a dedicated savings account for children.

Minor Savings Account

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

Features

  • The account has a minimum average quarterly balance requirement of Rs. 5,000 in metro and urban locations and Rs. 1,000 in semi-urban or rural locations
  • The bank offers a Classic RuPay Debit Card with the Minor Savings Account
  • Accountholders get unlimited free ATM access at both the bank’s own branches or other bank branches
  • The ATM withdrawal and POS limits is Rs. 5,000, with a single transaction limit (ATM withdrawal or POS) also set at Rs. 5,000
  • Accountholders get a complimentary chequebook of 20 leaves every quarter
  • In addition, Utkarsh offers a free SMS facility

Children’s Savings Accounts from Union Bank of India

Union Bank does not offer a dedicated children’s account. However, minors can have accounts under its Regular Savings Account and Union Family Savings Scheme products. From a reading of the website, it seems minors can also open an account through parent or guardian under the Union Flexi Savings Deposit and Union Flexi Plus Savings Deposit schemes.

Regular Savings Account

The standard savings account from the bank.

Features

  • Can be opened by an individual for her child
  • Just like adults, the child is entitled to receive a free chequebook of 20 leaves every year
  • Allows students to keep the account with zero balance

Union Family Savings Scheme

A savings scheme under which up to 6 family members can open accounts.

Features

  • The average quarterly balance for the entire group is Rs. 1 lakh
  • Each account holder gets up to 2 chequebooks per account
  • They also can make up to Rs. 20,000 in pay orders or demand drafts each month
  • Each account holder can make ATM withdrawal or POS transaction of Rs. 25,000 each per day
  • Family members who can be included in the account are parents, grandparents, spouse, sibling and children

Union Flexi Account and Union Flexi Plus Savings Deposit

These two are higher end savings accounts, which also come with sweep facilities to put the excess money in a fixed deposit once the transaction limit crosses a specified limit. Though the Union Bank website does not specifically mention that the accounts are available for minors, it does say that individuals can open the account.

Reference Facts

  • Utkarsh Small Finance Bank Website: www.utkarsh.bank
  • Headquarters: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 123 9878, 1800 208 1788
  • Union Bank of India Website: www.unionbankofindia.co.in and www.unionbankonline.co.in (net banking)
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 208 2244, 1800 22 2244