RBI to create specialised cadre for regulation of banks and NBFCs

[] The Reserve Bank of India has said that it will create a specialised cadre within the RBI, for the supervision and regulation of financial institutions, including banks and NBFCs

With a view to strengthening the supervision and regulation of commercial banks, urban cooperative banks and non-banking financial companies, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board has decided to create a specialised supervisory and regulatory cadre within the RBI, the central bank said, in a statement on May 21, 2019. This move assumes significance at a time when non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) are facing severe liquidity crunch in the wake of the IL&FS crisis. The decision to create a specialised supervisory and regulatory cadre within the RBI was taken at the meeting of the central board of the apex bank, headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das. It was the 576th meeting of the RBI central board.

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The board also reviewed the current economic situation, global and domestic challenges and various areas of operations of the central bank, the RBI statement said. Among other important matters, the board discussed the medium-term strategy document, covering, inter-alia, the mission statement and the vision statement. “The board also reviewed the present structure of supervision in the RBI in the context of the growing diversity, complexities and interconnectedness within the Indian financial sector,” the central bank added. Issues related to the currency management and banker-to-government functions of the RBI, also came up for discussion.

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Deputy governors NS Vishwanathan, Viral V Acharya, BP Kanungo and Mahesh Kumar Jain, besides the RBI’s central board of directors Bharat Doshi, Sudhir Mankad, Manish Sabharwal, Satish Marathe, Swaminathan Gurumurthy, Revathy Iyer and Sachin Chaturvedi, attended the meet. The government directors Subhash Chandra Garg, finance secretary and Rajiv Kumar, secretary, Department of Financial Services also attended the meeting.

Earlier this month, corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas, had said that the NBFC sector was facing issues of credit squeeze, over-leveraging and misadventures by some large entities. “There is an imminent crisis in the NBFC sector. There is a credit squeeze, over-leveraging, excessive concentration, massive mismatch between assets and liabilities, coupled with some misadventures by some very large entities, which is a perfect recipe for disaster,” Srinivas had said.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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