GS-3, Uncategorized

Co-operative Banking in India

Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on withdrawals from Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, which triggered a panic among bank customers. It has brought to the fore the issue of riskiness of banks, especially co-operative banks and the need to restore confidence among customers. Cooperative Banking A Co-operative bank is a financial entity… Continue reading Co-operative Banking in India

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank)

Context The Reserve Bank of India has placed Mumbai-based Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC Bank) a Leading Cooperative Bank headquartered in Mumbai under directions and has slapped restrictions on its operations RBI imposed curbs on the activities of PMC for a period of six months. Background Founded in 1984, PMC Bank was the youngest bank to… Continue reading Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd (PMC Bank)

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

RBI Surplus Transfer to the Government

Context The Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 26th August decided to transfer a sum of ₹1,76,051 crore to the Government comprising of ₹1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and ₹52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF) adopted at the meeting of the Central Board. The… Continue reading RBI Surplus Transfer to the Government

GS-3, Uncategorized

RBI transfer ‘surplus’ to government

Context Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Board has approved a transfer of Rs 1,76,051 crore to the government, including a surplus or dividend of Rs 1,23,414 crore, and a one-time transfer of excess provisions amounting to Rs 52,637 crore. Bimal Jalan Committee The outflow from the RBI’s reserves was limited to this amount only because… Continue reading RBI transfer ‘surplus’ to government

GS-1, Social Empowerment, Uncategorized

Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

The Reserve Bank has asked banks to provide loans to women self-help groups (SHGs) at 7% per annum, as per the government’s revised guidelines for 2016-17. All women SHGs are eligible for interest subvention on credit up to Rs 3 lakh at 7% per annum under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission. Details: As per… Continue reading Provide loans to women SHGs at 7 per cent: RBI to banks

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

The currency question

Livemint The recent agreement between the Government of India and the Reserve Bank of India to make inflation targeting the central bank’s prime focus has long way to go. This move represents an important structural shift in one of the two pillars of conventional macroeconomic policy (the other, of course, being fiscal policy). Background: Since… Continue reading The currency question

Editorials, GS-3, Uncategorized

P2P lending: towards easy funding

Livemint Issue Analysis of the guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. What is P2P lending? To bridge the gap of unavailability of proper formal credit, an aggressive breed of loan providers has emerged in India, called peer-to-peer (P2P) lending. The concept is not new—it is basically an individual,… Continue reading P2P lending: towards easy funding

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

On-tap bank licences: 5 questions that linger

The Hindu Issue Questions being asked related to ‘on-tap’ bank licenses. Q.1) External committee needed? The RBI had said it would form a standing external advisory committee (SEAC) that will vet the applications after the initial screening is done by central bank staffers. The committee is to have a three-year term and will comprise eminent… Continue reading On-tap bank licences: 5 questions that linger