Corporates with sound credentials can enter banking business, says RBI, issues guidelines

Feb 22 2013, 23:45 IST
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Anil Ambani Group, L&T, Tatas, M&M and Aditya Birla Group can now enter banking business. (Thinkstock) Anil Ambani Group, L&T, Tatas, M&M and Aditya Birla Group can now enter banking business. (Thinkstock)
SummaryAnil Ambani Group, L&T, Tatas, M&M and Aditya Birla Group can now enter banking business.

by RBI, it said.

As regards procedure for grant of bank licence, RBI said applications will be screened by the central bank itself before being forwarded to the high level advisory committee for further scrutiny.

The Committee, to be constituted shortly by the RBI, will submit its recommendations to the Reserve Bank. The decision to issue an in-principle approval for setting up of a bank will be taken by the central bank.

New bank licences expected by FY'14 end: Finance Ministry

The Finance Ministry today said it hopes that the Reserve Bank will be able to issue licences for new private sector banks by the end of 2013-14 fiscal.

RBI today issued guidelines for corporates, both in private and public sectors as well as NBFCs, to foray into the banking space. The Last date for applying for a new bank licence is July 1.

"There would be examination of applications (by RBI and a high powered committee). I think with all going well, with all clearances, by end of the financial year (2013-14) we will see some success," Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Takru told reporters here.

He said the RBI guidelines aim to "ensure that only responsible people enter the (banking) space".

When asked if public sector entities hold edge over private corporates, the Secretary said there will be a level playing field and RBI would not show favour to any entity.

"It is a level playing field. Whoever is eligible will get (licence). I don't think the RBI is going to play any favourites, and we have no intention of any favourites being played," he said.

On issues of clearances from Income Tax, CBI and ED and also other regulators, Takru said these conditions are aimed at ensuring safety of the deposits of customers.

'Final norms for new banks will help expand banking services'

Hailing the final norms for issue of licences to new banks in private sector, Assocham today said this will help in expanding the banking services.

"It will not only help in expanding banking services but would also bring in healthy competition," Assocham President Rajkumar Dhoot said.

Also, the provisions regarding permitting existing non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to convert into banks will also meet the demand of NBFCs sector, he added.

The Reserve Bank today released the final guidelines for issuing of new banking licences, allowing entities in the private and the public sector as well as non-banking financial companies to enter the fray.

Assocham said the corporate governance requiring at least

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