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RBI Slaps ₹1.32 Crore Monetary Penalty on PNB

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on July 5 imposed a monetary penalty of ₹1.32 crore on Punjab National Bank (PNB) for violations related to loans and advances and Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.

Violation Details

The penalty was imposed due to PNB sanctioning working capital demand loans to two state government-owned corporations against amounts receivable from the government by way of subsidies, refunds, or reimbursements. Additionally, the bank failed to preserve records pertaining to the identification of customers and their addresses obtained during business relationships in certain accounts.

Inspection and Evaluation

The RBI conducted the Statutory Inspection for Supervisory Evaluation (ISE 2022) of PNB, referencing its financial position as of March 31, 2022. The findings revealed non-compliance with RBI directions, leading to the issuance of a show-cause notice to the bank.

Response and Penalty

After considering oral submissions made in response to the show-cause notice, the RBI decided to impose the monetary penalty on PNB. The central bank emphasized the importance of adhering to its directions on loans, advances, and KYC norms to ensure financial discipline and integrity.

Punjab National Bank (PNB): Key Points

  • Established: May 19, 1894
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Founder: Lala Lajpat Rai
  • Type: Public sector bank
  • Industry: Banking and Financial Services

Products and Services

  • Retail Banking
  • Corporate Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Wealth Management
  • Private Banking
  • Asset Management
  • Mortgages
  • Credit Cards


PNB is one of India’s oldest and largest public sector banks, with a wide network of branches across the country and a significant presence in international markets.

Key Achievements

  • Played a crucial role in the economic development of India
  • Known for its extensive range of banking products and customer-centric services

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