RBI extends e-mandate facility on cards to UPI as well

On Friday (10.01.2020), RBI notified that the instructions on the processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions to cover Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions as well. During August 2019, RBI permitted processing of e-mandate on Credit/debit cards / Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs)/wallets for recurring transactions (merchant payments), with Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) during…

Modified directions of RBI relating to IFSC Banking Units (IBUs)

As per RBI’s latest notification IBUs (IFSC Banking Units) cannot open SB account. IBUs are also prohibited from undertaking cash transactions. They can open foreign currency current accounts (including escrow accounts) of units operating in IFSC and of non-resident institutional investors to facilitate their investment transactions subject to the provisions of FEMA 1999 and other…

RBI launches “Mobile Aided Note Identifier (MANI)”

“MANI” a mobile application is useful for aiding visually impaired persons to identify the denomination of Indian Bank Notes. The Indian banknotes are printed with several features which enable the visually impaired (colour blind, partially sighted and blind people) to identify them, viz., intaglio printing and tactile mark, variable banknote size, large numerals, variable colour,…

RBI tells UCBs to report Large Exposures to Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC)

To bring cooperative banks closer to the reporting standards of commercial banks, the RBI on December 27, 2019, mandated Urban Co-operative Banks to report credit information, including classification of an account as a special mention account (SMA) to the central repository of information on large credits (CRILC). The CRILC database is used by banks and…

Asset Reconstruction Companies are barred from Acquisition of financial assets from sponsors and lenders

On Friday (December 6), RBI announced that Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) shall not acquire financial assets, from the following on a bilateral basis, whatever may be the consideration. The above restriction is applicable to the following types of ARCs where; a bank/ financial institution which is the sponsor of the ARC; a bank/ financial institution…

RBI keeps the policy repo rate unchanged in fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement

In the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement announced on Thursday (dated 05.12.2019), MPC decided to keep policy REPO rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged at 5.15 per cent. The MPC also decided to continue with the accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth, while ensuring that inflation remains within…

Microfinance as the next wave of Financial Inclusion: RBI Deputy Governor

Mr.M.K.Jain, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India while speaking at the inaugural session of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) National Microfinance Congress 2019 at Mumbai, said that “Microfinance, involving the extension of small loans and other financial services to low-income groups, is a very important economic conduit designed to facilitate financial…