The Reserve Bank of India set new conditions for banks to open current accounts for large borrowers in order to strengthen credit discipline. Use of multiple operating accounts by borrowers—both current well as cash/overdraft accounts—has been observed to be prone to vitiating credit discipline, the RBI said its Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies on Thursday. “The checks and balances put in place in the extant framework, for opening of current accounts, are found to be inadequate,” it said, adding that the central bank has revised its guidelines to bring in appropriate safeguards. The revised norms are also expected to bring in the requisite discipline in collective actions by creditors for speedier resolution of stress in the accounts of borrowers.
Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies sets out various developmental and regulatory policy measures to enhance liquidity support for financial markets and other stakeholders; further easing of financial stress caused by COVID-19 disruptions while strengthening credit discipline; improve the flow of credit; deepen digital payments; augment customer safety in cheque payments; and facilitate innovation across the financial sector by leveraging on technology through an Innovation Hub.
The Monetary Policy Committee met on 4th, 5th and 6th August for its second meeting of 2020-21, completing four years of its operation under the new monetary policy framework. At the end of its deliberations, the MPC voted unanimously to leave the policy repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent and continue with the accommodative stance of monetary policy as long as necessary to revive growth, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target going forward. The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank rate remain unchanged at 4.25 per cent. The reverse repo rate stands unchanged at 3.35 per cent.
Reserve Bank released the 21st Issue of the Financial Stability Report (FSR) on 24th July 2020, which reflects the collective assessment of the Sub-Committee of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) on risks to financial stability, and the resilience of the financial system in the context of contemporaneous issues relating to development and regulation of the financial sector.
RBI has issued instructions to All Asset Reconstruction Companies in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 9 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002, Asset Reconstruction Companies registered with the Bank to adopt ‘Fair Practices Code’ so as to ensure transparency and fairness in their operation.
RBI issued instructions to all the Financial Institutions including Banks, Cooperative Banks, NBFC’s and other FI’s to initiate necessary action for reclassification of enterprises as per the new definition w.e.f July 1, 2020 and issue necessary instructions to your branches/controlling offices in this regard,
RBI brings in norms to curb malpractices by lending apps. RBI had to bring in these norms as hundreds of lending apps have mushroomed over the past year or so. RBI has made banks or NBFCs directly responsible for the actions of the digital platforms they have tied up with. RBI said that digital platforms and lenders must make adequate efforts towards the creation of grievance redressal mechanism.
Union government will bring an ordinance to put cooperative banks under RBI supervision. All govt banks, including urban and multi-state cooperative banks will be brought under the supervisory powers of the RBI.