Citibank minimum balance to be Rs. 2 lakh per month? Wow.
In early January this year, I received a mail from Citibank that w.e.f 01-Mar-13, they were converting my Suvidha savings account to a ‘Citibanking‘ account. This was supposed to be superior to the Suvidha account and would also entail keeping a minimum average monthly balance of Rs.2 lakhs. For longstanding customers like yours truly, the balance was to be maintained at Rs.1 lakh per month.
I’ve been banking with Citibank for almost a decade now and never had any problems or issues with them. Over the past few years, this account has moved from being a zero balance salary account to requiring Rs.5,000 p.m, then Rs.10,000 p.m and till now, Rs.25,000 p.m, which was also on the higher side, but ok. However, my grouse is that the “benefits” of a Citibanking account as outlined by them just don’t justify keeping an average balance of even Rs.1 lakh per month, somewhat similar to ICICI Bank hiking their minimum balance requirements without any tangible benefits of doing so.