In order to simplify the procedures applicable to operation of bank accounts and financial transactions in India by non-resident individuals of Indian nationality/persons of Indian origin, it was decided to introduce, with effect from 15th April 1999, a new type of account viz., Non-Resident (Special) Rupee (NRSR) Account for such persons who would voluntarily undertake not to seek repatriation of funds held in these, with the exception that investment of funds held in these accounts in shares/securities and immovable property will be governed by the extant exchange control regulations. For opening of NRSR account, the applicant should submit an application in Form NRSR to an authorised dealer, together with the undertaking contained therein duly signed. Authorised dealers may, on receipt of the application and the undetaking open the account and allow all financial transactions therein freely without going into the details of sources of credits and purposes of debits. This facility will, however, not be available to overseas corporate bodies.
The non-resident individuals of Indian nationality /persons of Indian origin maintaining Non-Resident (Ordinary) Account have the option of converting these accounts into Non-Resident (Special) Rupee Accounts. Similarly, when a resident becomes a non-resident by virtue of going abroad on emigration/employment etc. he will also have an option of designating his account as Non-Resident Ordinary Account or Non-Resident (Special) Rupee Account. There will be no need for completion of Form A4 either for approval or for reporting the transactions in Non-Resident (Special) Rupee Accounts.
NRSR accounts may be current, savings, recurring or fixed deposits accounts. Requirements in regard to resident accounts, including nomination facility, shall apply to NRSR accounts. Opening of and operations on the accounts of individuals of Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Sri Lankan nationality require approval of Reserve Bank.