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All About Mandate Holder In Bank Account – by NRIs

NRIs stay outside India & face challenges in managing their assets in India – they have a couple of options to manage their accounts here. So what should be preferred – Power of attorney, joint account or a mandate holder in bank account?

Who is a Mandate Holder in an NRE/NRO account?

A Non Resident Indian (NRI) who has an NRE/NRO account can appoint a resident Indian as a mandate holder. The mandate holder can manage the account on behalf of the NRI.

The resident Indian has to be a close relative (family member). The mandate holder cannot be a company or a minor. One account can have only one mandate holder.

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Why should an NRI appoint a mandate holder?

The NRI is outside the country most of the time. Sometimes there are financial matters that need physical presence. Many times, the family members need cash urgently and cannot wait for the NRI to transfer cash etc. In such cases, the mandate holder can act on behalf of the NRI and perform the transactions.

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What are the rights of a Mandate Holder?

The mandate holder can carry out day-to-day banking transactions like withdrawing money for local payments, drawing cheques for local disbursements, manage FDs, make investments suitable for NRIs. The NRI can set up a limit on the maximum amount a mandate holder can debit from the account. The mandate holder can also deposit money in the account.

What is a Mandate Holder not allowed to do?

A mandate holder does not have the right  to –

  • Open or close an NRI account.
  • Change key details such as name and address in the account.
  • Transfer funds outside of India except to the NRI account holder.
  • Transfer funds as gift to any one.

NRI can also ask the bank to issue an ATM card and cheque book to the mandate holder


What are the steps to register a Mandate Holder for an NRE/NRO account?

Most banks allow registering a mandate holder. The following steps broadly cover the process of registering a mandate holder. You need to check with your particular bank to find out the exact process and documentation

Steps to Register a Mandate Holder –

  • Get the appointment form either from the branch or the bank’s website. For example, here are the links for the mandate form –
  • Complete the form with signatures of all account holders.
  • Mandate holder submits the form along with KYC details, photographs of mandate holder and self-attested copies of identity proof and address proof of the mandate holder. The copies need to be signed by the account holders as well.
  • The bank approves of the appointment and registers the mandate. A cheque book and an ATM card is sent to the mandate holder.

How can a mandate be revoked?

The NRI has to submit a request in writing to the bank if the mandate on his NRE/NRO accounts has to revoked.

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What is the difference between a mandate holder and a nominee?

A mandate holder operates the bank account on behalf of the NRI. He/She does not have any rights over the account. A nominee, on the other hand, is the person who will be eligible to claim the balance in the bank account when the account holder expires. The nominee is appointed by the account holder.

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What is the difference between a mandate holder and a power of attorney?

A mandate holder and the power of attorney have similar rights and responsibilities when it comes to the NRI’s bank account.

Are there any tax Implications on a Mandate Holder in his role of managing the NRI’s account?

The mandate holder does not have any tax implications as the mandate holder acts on behalf of the NRI. Whatever tax implications are there, they are the responsibility of the NRI and he must file his tax returns appropriately.

This post is written by Vidya – she is an NRI.

If you have any questions regarding “mandate holder in bank account” – add that in the comment section.

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About the Author

Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice in 2009 & is among the first generation of financial planners in India. He also authored Bestseller book "Financial Life Planning".

  • savit says:

    can the mandate holder sign cheques for local disbursements?

  • HASAN MAHMUD says:

    Can Account holder and Mandate holder operate the account simultaneously?

  • Siva says:

    Can the mandate holder be the nominee also

  • sampat says:

    I want to add mandate holder in my account what is the rule. Bank account mandate holder form required franking or not?

  • ANITA says:

    Can a Non Resident be a Mandate holder in a NRI account

  • Natasha says:

    Can an nro account holder transfer money in mandate holders name

  • Zina says:

    I am a mandate holder for my husband’s NRI a/c in India. Can I break an NRE FD and transfer the maturity amount into his NRI a/c?

  • Archana says:

    My question is for the NRI account which is a safe option a mandate holder or power of attorney?

  • Karan says:

    Can Mandate holder in the nro account be the nominee for the same account?

  • Chandan Kumar says:

    can NRI become a mandate in NRI account.

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