RBI submits draft guidelines on new banking licences to finmin

RBI submits draft guidelines on new banking licences to finmin

New Delhi: Finance ministry has received draft guidelines on the new banking licences from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), official sources said.

The guidelines are at a draft stage and no firm view on the paid-up capital and other issues has been taken, sources said.

The RBI is likely to issue guidelines for new banking licences by the end of the current fiscal.

“RBI is planning to issue the guidelines for banking licences before the close of this financial year," finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in the budget speech last month.

The apex bank had brought out a discussion paper in August 2010 on dispensing banking licences to business houses and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), besides regulations for the same to foster greater competition.

The RBI also sought to know “whether industrial and business houses could be allowed to promote banks." Further, it sought stakeholders’ views on whether NBFCs should be allowed to convert into banks or promote banks.

The apex bank has received comments on its discussion paper from all the stakeholders.

Various entities like Reliance Capital, IndiaBulls, Religare, IL&FS, IFCI and Aditya Birla Financial Services are reported to be mulling entering the banking space.

At present, India has 27 public sector banks, 7 new private sector banks, 15 old private sector banks, 31 foreign banks, 86 regional rural banks, 4 local area banks, 1,721 urban cooperative banks, 31 state cooperative banks and 371 district central cooperative banks.