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RBI Mumbai closed on February 21 for Public Transactions

The Mumbai Offices of the Reserve Bank of India will remain closed on February 21, 2017 on account of Municipal Corporation Elections in Greater Mumbai, Thane and Ulhasnagar. Ajit Prasad Assistant Adviser Press Release : 2016-2017/2244

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RBI updated FAQs on Foreign Investments in India

Foreign Investments in India (Updated as on February 13, 2017) These FAQs attempt to put in place the common queries that users have on the subject in an easy to understand language. However, for conducting a transaction, the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) and the Regulations made or directions issued thereunder may be referred… Read More »

Rupee denominated bonds overseas – RBI allowed to Multilateral and Regional Financial Institutions as Investors

RBI/2016-17/233 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No.31 February 16, 2017 To All Authorised Dealer Category – I Banks Madam/Sir Issuance of Rupee denominated bonds overseas – Multilateral and Regional Financial Institutions as Investors Attention of Authorised Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to paragraph No. 4 of A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 60… Read More »

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RBI withdrawn Fortnightly return on Forward Rate Agreement & Interest Rate Swap (IRS

RBI/2016-17/232 FMRD.DIRD.13/14.01.019/2016-17 February 16, 2017 To, All Market Participants Madam/Sir, Forward Rate Agreement (FRA) and Interest Rate Swap (IRS) – Withdrawal of Fortnightly return Attention is invited to the RBI notification ref. no. MPD.BC.187/07.01.279/1999-2000 dated July 07, 1999. As per the notification, banks were advised to submit a fortnightly return on FRA/IRS to Monetary Policy… Read More »

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Inclusion of Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited in the Second Schedule to RBI Act

Inclusion of “Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited” in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 RBI/2016-17/230 DBR.No.Ret.BC.52/12.07.143A/2016-17 February 16, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks Dear Sir, Inclusion of “Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited” in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 We advise that the “Equitas Small Finance… Read More »

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Lead Bank Responsibility for 21 new districts in Telangana

Formation of twenty one new districts in the State of Telangana – Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility RBI/2016-17/227 FIDD.CO.LBS.BC.No.21/02.08.001/2016-17 February 16, 2017 The Chairmen & Managing Directors All Lead Banks Dear Sir/Madam, Formation of twenty one new districts in the State of Telangana – Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility The Government of Telangana vide Gazette… Read More »

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Reimbursement of Merchant Discount Rate by RBI to banks on debit cards used for payment of tax and non-tax dues to Govt

RBI/2016-17/228 DGBA.GAD.No.2128/44.02.001/2016-17 February 16, 2017 All Agency Banks Dear Sir, Reimbursement of Merchant Discount Rate The Government of India (GoI) has decided to absorb the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges in respect of debit card transactions while making payments to GoI. The Office Memoranda issued by the Office of Controller General of Accounts dated December… Read More »

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Gold Loan by Regional Rural Banks – RBI increased Limit

RBI/2016-17/229 DBR.RRB.BC.No. 53/31.01.001/2016-17 February 16, 2017 All Regional Rural Banks Dear Sir / Madam, Repayment of Gold Loan Please refer to circular RPCD.CO.RRB.BC.No.22/03.05.34/2010-11 dated September 22, 2010 wherein Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) were permitted to grant gold loans up to Rs.1.00 lakh with bullet repayment option. 2. On a review, it has been decided to… Read More »

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Interest rates for Small Savings Schemes -Q4-FY 2016-17

RBI/2016-17/225 DGBA.GAD.2012/15.02.005/2016-17 February 9, 2017 The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Agency Banks handling Public Provident Fund, Kisan Vikas Patra- 2014, Sukanya Samriddhi Account, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme-2004 Dear Sir Interest rates for Small Savings Schemes Please refer to our circular DGBA.GAD.881/15.02.005/2016-17 dated October 13, 2016 on the above subject. The Government of India, had vide their… Read More »

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RBI increased limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts w.e.f 20.2.2017 and No Limit w.e.f 13.03.2017

BI/2016-17/224 DCM (Plg) 3107/10.27.00/2016-17 February 08, 2017 All Banks Dear Madam / Sir, Removal of limits on withdrawal of cash from Saving Bank Accounts Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) 2905/10.27.00/2016-17 dated January 30, 2017 on the captioned subject. 2. In the wake of withdrawal of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) since November 09, 2016… Read More »

Meeting conducted by RBI prior to demonitization on 08.11.2016

Meeting conducted by RBI prior to demonitization RBI held a meeting of its Central Board on November 8, 2016. The agenda of the meeting, inter-alia, included the item : “Memorandum on existing banknotes in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 – Legal Tender Status” The following Directors of Central Board of Reserve Bank… Read More »

Risk Management and Inter-bank Dealings – RBI Permitted NRI access to ETCD

Risk Management and Inter-bank Dealings: Permitting Non Resident Indians (NRIs) access to Exchange Traded Currency Derivatives (ETCD) market RBI/2016-17/221 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 30 February 2, 2017 To All Category – I Authorised Dealer Banks Madam / Sir, Risk Management and Inter-bank Dealings: Permitting Non Resident Indians (NRIs) access to Exchange Traded Currency Derivatives… Read More »

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Basel III Capital Regulations- Additional Tier 1 Capital-RBI amendment

Basel III Capital Regulations- Additional Tier 1 Capital RBI/2016-17/222 DBR.BP.BC.No.50/21.06.201/2016-17 February 02, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding Regional Rural Banks) Madam/ Sir, Basel III Capital Regulations- Additional Tier 1 Capital Please refer to the paragraph 1.8 on ‘Coupon Discretion’ under Annex 4 on ‘’Criteria for Inclusion of Perpetual Debt Instruments (PDI) in Additional Tier… Read More »

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FEMA – Powers to compound contraventions delegated by RBI

Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules) – Compounding of Contraventions under FEMA, 1999 RBI/2016-17/220 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 29 February 02, 2017 To All Category- I Authorised Dealer Banks Madam / Sir, Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA) Foreign Exchange (Compounding Proceedings) Rules, 2000 (the Rules)… Read More »

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RBI Reviewed Guidelines on Pricing of Credit

RBI/2016-17/219 DNBR.CC.PD.No. 084/22.10.038/2016-17 February 02, 2017 To All NBFC-MFIs, Madam/Sir, Review of Guidelines on “Pricing of Credit” As per extant instructions on “Pricing of Credit” issued to NBFC-MFIS under “Master Direction-Non-Banking Financial Company-Non-Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016” and “Master Direction – Non-Banking Financial Company-Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking… Read More »

RBI cautions users of Bitcoin or any Virtual Currencies

Date : Feb 01, 2017 The Reserve Bank of India had cautioned the users, holders and traders of Virtual Currencies (VCs), including Bitcoins, about the potential financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks that they are exposing themselves to, vide its press release dated December 24, 2013. The Reserve Bank of India advises… Read More »

RBI removed Limits on Cash withdrawals from ATMs / Current Accounts / CC /Overdraft

Limits on Cash withdrawals from Bank accounts and ATMs – Restoration of status quo ante Limits on Cash withdrawals from ATMs and Bank accounts (Exept Saving bank accounts) has been removed by RBI by following Notification dated 30.01.2017.  RBI/2016-17/217 DCM (Plg) No. 2905/10.27.00/2016-17 January 30, 2017 The Chairman / Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Public… Read More »

Prohibition on Indian Party from making investment in Non Co-operative countries & territories

Prohibition on Indian Party from making direct investment in countries identified by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as “ Non Co-operative countries and territories ” RBI/2016-17/216 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 28 January 25, 2017 To All Category- I Authorised Dealer Banks Madam / Sir, Prohibition on Indian Party from making direct investment in… Read More »

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS) 2016 – Amended

Date : Jan 20, 2017 The Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, had notified Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS), 2016 vide notification no. S.O. 4061 (E) dated December 16, 2016. The deposit under this Scheme shall be made by any person who declared undisclosed income under Pradhan Mantri… Read More »

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RBI Master Directions on Access Criteria for Payment Systems

Master Directions on Access Criteria for Payment Systems RBI/DPSS/2016-17/51 Master Direction DPSS.CO.OD.No.1846/04.04.009/2016-17 January 17, 2017 The Chairman/ Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer All Scheduled Commercial Banks including RRBs/ Urban Co-operative Banks/ State Co-operative Banks/ District Central Co-operative Banks/ Payment Banks/ Small Finance Banks/ Primary Dealers/ Authorised Payment System Providers Dear Sir, Master Directions on Access… Read More »

Withdrawal of Old bank Notes – RBI Updated FAQ till 17.01.2017

Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of the Old Bank Notes in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance 2016 (Updated as on January 17, 2017) 1. Why was the Scheme of Withdrawal of Legal Tender Character of the old Bank Notes in the denominations of… Read More »

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Match & Settle Bill of Entry data with Outward Remittance Message : RBI to Authorised Dealer Banks

RBI/2016-17/212 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27 January 12, 2017 To All Category – I Authorised Dealer Banks Madam / Sir, Evidence of Import under Import Data Processing and Monitoring System (IDPMS) Attention of Authorized Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 05 dated October 06, 2016 read with… Read More »

Issue of Convertible Notes by Indian startup companies -FEMA regulations 2016 notified

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (Foreign Exchange Department) (CENTRAL OFFICE) NOTIFICATION Mumbai, the 10th January, 2017 No.FEMA.377/ 2016-RB Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Fifteenth Amendment) Regulations, 2016 G.S.R. 16 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of Section 6 and Section 47… Read More »

How Asset Prices Interact with Bank Credit and Monetary Policy?

RBI Working Paper* Series No. 1/2017 : How Asset Prices Interact with Bank Credit and Monetary Policy? By Bhupal Singh and Avadhoot R. Nadkarni The Reserve Bank of India placed on its website today a Working Paper titled “How Asset Prices interact with Bank Credit and Monetary Policy? Evidence from Emerging Market and Developing Economies“.… Read More »

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NBFCs -All you wanted to know-FAQ’s

All you wanted to know about NBFCs (Updated as on January 10, 2017) A. Definitions 1. What is a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC)? A Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) is a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 engaged in the business of loans and advances, acquisition of shares/stocks/bonds/debentures/securities issued by Government or local authority or… Read More »

Exchange Limit of Indian Currency to foreign citizens till 31.01.2017

RBI/2016-17/208 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 24 January 03, 2017 To All Authorised Persons Madam / Sir, Exchange facility to foreign citizens Attention of Authorized Persons is invited to the A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 20 dated November 25, 2016 permitting foreign citizens to exchange foreign exchange for Indian currency notes up to a limit… Read More »

Supply 40% of bank notes to rural areas : RBI to Banks

Allocation of cash for rural areas RBI/2016-17/207 DCM (Plg) No.2200/10.27.00/2016-17 January 03, 2017 The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, (All banks with currency chests) Dear Sir / Madam Allocation of cash for rural areas Please refer to our circulars DCM (Plg) No.1345/10.27.00/2016-17 dated November 22, 2016 and DCM (Plg) No.1508/10.27.00/2016-17 dated December 02,… Read More »

Tender Form – For Resident Indians – For Deposit of Old Bank Notes at RBI

Tender Form – For Resident Indians [ Related Post How and Where to Deposit Old bank notes after 30.12.2016 : RBI prescribed procedure How to deposit old Bank notes at RBI after 30.12.2016 -Key Points ] Download Tender Form – For Resident Indians Related Post on Demonetization Particulars Date Circular No       Ceasing of bank… Read More »

How and Where to Deposit Old bank notes after 30.12.2016 : RBI prescribed procedure

Deposit Old notes in RBI after 30.12.2016 : RBI Prescribed procedure For deposit old Notes in RBI , Bank will ensure that accounts are KYC complied. Read following Circular of RBI on prescribed procedure :- Facility for exchange of Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) during Grace Period – Verification of KYC and Account details RBI/2016-17/205 DCM… Read More »

Pre-Paid Payment Instruments Issuance to merchants – RBI exentended Time

RBI/2016-17/203 DPSS.CO.PD.No.1669/02.14.006/2016-2017 December 30, 2016 All Prepaid Payment Instrument Issuers System Providers, System Participants and all other Prospective Prepaid Payment Instrument Issuers Dear Madam/ Sir, Special measures to incentivise Electronic Payments – Extension of time A reference is invited to circular DPSS.CO.PD.No.1288/02.14.006/2016-17 dated November 22, 2016 advising enhancements in the limits of semi-closed PPIs issued… Read More »

Daily Cash withdrawal Limit from ATMs increased w.e.f 01.01.2017

RBI/2016-17/204 DCM (Plg) No. 2142/10.27.00/2016-17 December 30, 2016 The Chairman / Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Banks/ Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks/ Regional Rural Banks / Urban Cooperative Banks/ State Cooperative Banks District central Cooperative Banks Dear Sir, Cash withdrawal from ATMs – Enhancement of daily limits Please refer to our circular… Read More »

RBI alowed White Label ATM Operators for Sourcing of cash from retail outlets

RBI/2016-17/202 DPSS.CO.PD. No.1621/02.10.002/2016-17 December 30, 2016 The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officers All Scheduled Commercial Banks including RRBs / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks / Authorised ATM Network Operators /Card Payment Network Operators/ White Label ATM Operators Dear Madam/ Sir, White Label ATM Operators (WLAOs)… Read More »

Old Bank Notes cannot form part of banks cash balances on 31.12.2016 : RBI

RBI/2016-17/201 DCM (Plg) No.2103/10.27.00/2016-17 December 30, 2016 The Chairman / Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer Public Sector Banks / Private Sector Banks / Foreign Banks / Regional Rural Banks / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-op Banks Dear Sir, Closure of the scheme of exchange of Specified Bank Notes… Read More »

Sanction Additional Working Capital Limits to Micro and Small Enterprises : RBI

RBI/2016-17/200 FIDD.MSME & NFS.BC.No.20/06.02.31/2016-17 December 29, 2016 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding Regional Rural Banks) Dear Sir / Madam, Sanction of Additional Working Capital Limits to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) Please refer to our circular FIDD.MSME & NFS.BC.No.60/06.02.31/2015-16 dated August 27, 2015 on ‘Streamlining flow of credit to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) for… Read More »

RBI issued Interest Rate Options Directions 2016 in India

RBI/2016-17/199 FMRD.DIRD.12/14.01.011/2016-17 December 29, 2016 To All eligible market participants Dear Sir/Madam Introduction of Interest Rate Options in India As announced in the fourth bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2016-17, it has been decided to introduce Interest Rate Options in India. 2. The Reserve Bank of India has accordingly issued a Notification No. FMRD.DIRD. 11/2016 dated… Read More »

Dr. Viral V. Acharya Appointed Deputy Governor of RBI

Dr. Viral V. Acharya Appointed Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India Date : Dec 28, 2016 The Central Government has, through notification F No. 7/1/2012-BO-I (Pt.) dated December 28, 2016, appointed Dr. Viral V. Acharya, currently C.V. Starr Professor of Economics, Department of Finance, New York University – Stern School of Business, (resume enclosed) as… Read More »

RBI given additional time for Classification of standard asset as substandard

RBI/2016-17/198 DBR.No.BP.BC.49/21.04.048/2016-17 December 28, 2016 All Regulated Entities Madam / Dear Sir, Prudential Norms on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and Provisioning pertaining to Advances Please refer to circular DBR.No.BP.BC.37/21.04.048/2016-17 dated November 21, 2016. 2. On a review, it has been decided to: (i) Provide 30 days, in addition to the 60 days provided vide the… Read More »