In a recent press release, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) disclosed the revision of eligibility norms for the inclusion of urban co-operative banks in the second schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. The objective is to bring these banks under an updated regulatory framework.
Revised Regulatory Framework and Categorization
After the release of the Revised Regulatory Framework for Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) on July 19, 2022, with revised categorization norms for UCBs, the criteria for classifying a UCB as Financially Sound and Well Managed (FSWM) were notified. The RBI has now decided to align the eligibility norms for UCBs with the Revised Regulatory Framework.
Government Notification and Criteria
The Government of India, through a notification dated Sep 04, 2023, has stated that licensed Tier 3 and Tier 4 Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks meeting the criteria for FSWM by the RBI are eligible. To be considered for inclusion in the Second Schedule, UCBs must meet the following criteria:
a) Capital Adequacy: Maintain a Capital to Risk Weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR) of at least 3% more than the minimum CRAR requirement applicable to the UCB.
b) Regulatory and Supervisory Compliance: Have no major regulatory and supervisory concerns.
Eligible UCBs can apply for inclusion in the Second Schedule by submitting the necessary documents to the concerned Regional Office of the Department of Supervision of the Reserve Bank. The required documents include:
a) Copy of resolution passed by the Annual General Body/Board of Directors authorizing the application to RBI for inclusion.
b) Major financial details of the bank along with copies of the published balance sheet for the last three years.
The revised instructions will be effective from the date of the circular, which is January 17, 2024.
Important Questions Related to Exams
- What is the minimum Capital to Risk Weighted Asset Ratio (CRAR) required for inclusion of UCBs in the Second Schedule?
- According to the Revised Regulatory Framework, when was it released?
- What criteria must UCBs meet to be classified as Financially Sound and Well Managed (FSWM)?
- On which date will the revised instructions for UCBs come into force?
- What documents are required for UCBs to apply for inclusion in the Second Schedule?
- When did the Government of India issue the notification regarding licensed Tier 3 and Tier 4 UCBs?
- What is the purpose of revising eligibility norms for UCBs in the Second Schedule?
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