Comprehensive Cyber Security Framework for Primary (Urban) Cooperative Banks (UCBs) – A Graded Approach

The RBI has also decided to prescribe a comprehensive cyber security framework for UCBs, as a graded approach, based on their digital depth and inter- connectedness with the payment systems landscape, digital products offered by them and assessment of cyber security risk. A comprehensive Cyber Security Framework for UCBs has been formulated based on a graded approach. The UCBs have been categorised into four levels based on their digital depth and interconnectedness to the payment systems landscape.

Launch of Mobile Aided Note Identifier (MANI) by RBI

RBI launches ‘MANI’ app to help visually challenged to identify denomination of notes. The app is capable of identifying the denominations of Mahatma Gandhi, (New) Series banknotes by checking front or reverse side at various holding angles and a broad range of light conditions.

Reporting of Large Exposures to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) – UCBs

RBI decided that Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks (UCBs) having total assets of ₹500 crore and above as on 31st March of the previous financial year shall report credit information, including classification of an account as Special Mention Account (SMA), on all borrowers having aggregate exposures of ₹5 crore and above with them to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC) maintained by the Reserve Bank. Aggregate exposure shall include all fund-based and non-fund based exposure, including investment exposure on the borrower.

Introduction of a new type of semi-closed Prepaid Payment Instrument (PPI) – PPIs upto ₹ 10,000/- with loading only from bank account

RBI launches new prepaid payment instrument for digital transactions up to Rs 10,000. The amount loaded in such PPIs during any month will not exceed Rs 10,000 and the total amount loaded during the financial year will not exceed Rs 1,20,000.

Bank Promotion Study Materials Clerical to Scale I, Scale I-II,III,IV,V and Scale VI – 2019-20

Bank Promotion Study Material 2019-20 Updated as of 25th December 2019.

Financial Stability Report – December 2019

RBI has released Financial Stability Report as of December 2019 on 27th December 2019. The FSR reflects the collective assessment of the Sub-Committee of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) on risks to financial stability, as also the resilience of the financial system. The Report also discusses issues relating to development and regulation of the financial sector.

RBI releases Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2018-19

Reserve Bank of India released the Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2018-19, a statutory publication in compliance with Section 36 (2) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. This Report presents the performance of the banking sector, including co-operative banks, and non-banking financial institutions during 2018-19 and 2019-20 so far.

Economic Measures to Boost Economy by the Finance Minister

To boost liquidity in the market, the government has cleared dues worth more than 60% of 32 CPSEs in the last two months.
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, held a press conference on the measures taken to boost economy. Chief Economic Adviser K. Subramanian, gave a presentation on Major Interventions to Boost Economy.Rs 20kcr proposals likely to get nod in 2 weeks; FM promises support to any sector that needs help. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman promised support to any other sector that may need help following a finance ministry presentation on ‘Major Interventions to Boost the Economy’ in the Capital on Friday.

Consumer Protection Act, 2019 – Key Highlights

The new Consumer Protection Act proposes a slew of measures and tightens the existing rules to further safeguard consumer rights. Consumers can cheer as the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 has recently replaced the three-decade old Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

Availability of National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System on 24×7 basis

With effect from December 16, 2019 RBI has asked banks to Extend NEFT facility 365/24*7 .