𝐍𝐒𝐁 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐓𝐆𝐒 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐬
The largest savings specialist bank of Sri Lanka, the National Savings Bank (NSB) is to commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2022. Inaugurated in 1972 by the late finance minister Dr. N.M. Perera the NSB today is a force to be reckoned with in the Sri Lanka’s finance industry. In its long journey the Bank was able to revolutionize the banking sector by providing its services akin with new technology and new outlook.
Today we are celebrating another monumental achievement by the NSB. The Bank has been granted the RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) status by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), the special facility which enables the Bank to perform transfer of large sums of money on transaction-by-transaction basis, with secure and realtime. RTGS facility enables NSB customers and its internal operations to transfer funds seamlessly and with the security and the supervision of CBSL. By using the RTGS system the customers can transfer any amount of funds to any other bank with the RTGS facility which means there’s no cap to money transfers, it can be used 24 x 7 x 365 days, people can enjoy the benefit of RTGS facility at their convenience with the NSB internet banking facility or using the NSB Pay app, where fund transfers can be initiated without visiting a bank branch. All the transactions are backed by the law means there’s a legal support for each transaction take place.
Also, this is the first time a specialized bank is given the RTGS membership. General populace is familiar with some of the technical terms used in the financial industry like as; OD, TOD, FD, LC etc.
With the introduction of RTGS, the inter bank and fund transfer methods have shifted to another level. Especially when it comes to investing in treasury bills and securities the RTGS provides a very practical solution and it also enhances the quality of the customer service. With the implementation of the Bank’s Core Banking System and Treasury Management System the bank will be able to reap the full benefit of the RTGS membership.
The National Savings Bank is thankful for the leadership of CBSL in achieving the RTGS membership where the bank acknowledges efforts by CBSL being the driving force in the development of national payment and settlement systems in the country. Also, in making our payment systems Safe, Secure, Sound, Efficient and Accessible throughout the country.
Gaining this membership was a process and the employees who were responsible in securing the physical and technological know-how and assets are the main reasons behind this achievement.
Effects of the Covid 19 global pandemic was monumental, its negative impacts were felt across the Sri Lankan economy during 2020 and in 2021. Despite such atrocities the CBSL was able to safeguard our internal economy while stabilizing the monetary system. As a result, the NSB was able to earn a record-breaking profit in the 2021 financial year with the support of employees amid the pandemic.
The official event to mark the occasion was held at NSB head office on 1st February 2022 under the patronage of Governor of the CBSL Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabral accompanied by Chairperson of NSB Ms. Keasila Jayawardena, Board of Directors and the top management of the Bank. Also participated by, the Deputy Governor of the CBSL Ms. TMJYP Fernando, Assistant Governors, Directors of Payment and Settlement & Domestic Operations Divisions, Chairman and the CEO of Lanka Clear.