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Opening of all Agency Banks for government business on April 1, 2017 – Revised instructions

Opening of all Agency Banks for government business on April 1, 2017 – Revised instructions RBI/2016-17/259 DBR.No.Leg.BC.56/09.07.005/2016-17 March 29, 2017 All Agency Banks Dear Sir/ Madam, Opening of all Agency Banks for government business on April 1, 2017 – Revised instructions We had vide our circular DBR.No.Leg. BC.55/09.07.005/2016-17 dated March 24, 2017 advised all Agency… Read More »

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All payment systems to remain closed on April 1, 2017

All payment systems to remain closed on April 1, 2017 RBI/2016-17/260 DPSS.CO.CHD.No./2720/03.01.03/2016-17 March 29, 2017 The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer All Scheduled Commercial Banks including Regional Rural Banks/ Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks/Local Area Banks Dear Sir/ Madam, All payment systems to remain closed… Read More »

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Banks to remain open on all days from March 25 2017 to April 1, 2017

RBI/2016-17/257 DPSS.CO.CHD.No./2695/03.01.03/2016-17 March 25, 2017 The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer All Scheduled Commercial Banks including Regional Rural Banks/ Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks/Local Area Banks Payment systems to remain open on all days from March 25, 2017 to April 1, 2017 A reference is… Read More »

Special Clearing operations by Banks on March 30 and 31, 2017

RBI/2016-17/255 DPSS.CO.CHD.No./2656/03.01.03/2016-17 March 23, 2017 The Chairman and Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer All Scheduled Commercial Banks including Regional Rural Banks/ Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks/Local Area Banks Madam / Dear Sir, Special Clearing operations on March 30 and 31, 2017 A reference is invited to the… Read More »

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Non Resident can enter into foreign exchange derivative contract with bank in India to hedge an exposure

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (Financial Markets Regulatory Department) (CENTRAL OFFICE) NOTIFICATION Mumbai, the 17th March, 2017 No. FEMA. 384/RB-2017 Foreign Exchange Management (Foreign Exchange Derivative Contracts) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 G.S.R. 260(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (h) of sub-section (2) of section 47 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999),… Read More »

Impact of Demonetisation- A Preliminary Assessment by RBI

Macroeconomic Impact of Demonetisation- A Preliminary Assessment   Macroeconomic Impact of Demonetisation – A Preliminary Assessment* Demonetisation announced on November 8, 2016 was aimed at addressing corruption, black money, counterfeit currency and terror financing. Although demonetisation holds huge potential benefits in the medium to long-term, given the scale of operation, it was expected to cause… Read More »

Resolution of Stressed Assets by Banks

Resolution of Stressed Assets by Banks Total Stressed Assets (Gross Non Performing Assets and Restructured Standard Advances) of Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) was Rs.9.64 lakh crore as on Dec 31, 2016 and Reduction in NPAs- due to actual recoveries (April to Dec) for SCBs are Rs.46,245 crore at the end of Dec 31, 2016 for… Read More »

Dispensing of fake currency notes through ATMs

Dispensing of fake currency notes through Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) There have been media reports regarding dispensation of Rs 2000 notes resembling a genuine note but bearing the legend “Children Bank of India” in place of “Reserve Bank of India” from Delhi, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi (Bihar) and a few other places. State Bank of… Read More »

Small Finance and Payment Banks in India

Small Finance and Payment Banks Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines for licensing of small finance banks and payments banks on November 27, 2014 and granted in-principle approvals to 10 applicants to set up small finance banks and to 11 applicants to set up payments banks. The guidelines for small finance banks provide inter-alia… Read More »

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Plastic banknotes – Govt of India conducted field trial

Government to conduct field trial with plastic banknotes at five locations of the country; Approval for procurement of plastic substrate and printing of bank notes of Rs.10 denomination on plastic banknote substrates conveyed to RBI It has been decided to conduct a field trial with plastic banknotes at five locations of the country. Approval for… Read More »

Cybercrime audit on banks to check loopholes

Cybercrime audit on banks to check loopholes To address the issue of cyber resilience, RBI vide circular dated December 9, 2016 had instructed all authorised entities / banks issuing PPIs in the country to: (i)                 Carry out a special audit by the empanelled auditors of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on a priority basis… Read More »

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PMGKDS- Deposit Reference No needs to be mentioned on Form V

RBI/2016-17/251 IDMD.CDD.No. 2347/14.04.051/2016-17 March 16, 2017 The Chairman/CEO/ Managing Director, All Authorised Banks, (All Banks to which Banking Regulation Act, 1949 applies) Dear Sir/Madam, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS), 2016 – Clarification Please refer to our letter IDMD.No.1451/08.03.016/2016-17 dated December 16, 2016 and Notification No. S.O.4061(E) dated December 16, 2016 issued by the… Read More »

Banks to remain open up to 8.00 p.m. on March 31, 2017 for Govt Transactions

RBI/2016-17/250 DGBA.GAD.No. 2377/42.01.029/2016-17 March 16, 2017 All agency banks Dear Sir / Madam, Annual Closing of Government Accounts – Transactions of Central / State Governments – Special Measures for the Current Financial Year (2016-17) The Government of India has desired that all government transactions with banks must be accounted for within the same financial year… Read More »

RBI norms for banks for Reporting & Accounting of Central Govt Transactions of March 2017

Reporting and Accounting of Central Government Transactions of March 2017 RBI/2016-17/249 DGBA.GAD.No. 2376/42.01.029/2016-17 March 16, 2017 All Agency Banks Dear Sir / Madam, Reporting and Accounting of Central Government Transactions of March 2017 Please refer to Circular DGBA.GAD.No.2968/42.01.029/2015-16 dated March 17, 2016 advising the procedure to be followed for reporting and accounting of Central Government… Read More »

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Sovereign Gold Bond- Dematerialisation

Date : Mar 14, 2017 The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the Government of India, has issued six tranches of Sovereign Gold Bonds for a total value of ₹ 4145 crore till date. Investors in these bonds have been provided with the option of holding them in physical or dematerialized form. The requests… Read More »

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100% FDI in e commerce websites via automatic route allowed in India by Govt

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (Foreign Exchange Department) (CENTRAL OFFICE) NOTIFICATION Mumbai, the 9th March , 2017 No. FEMA.387/2017-RB Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2017 G.S.R. 224 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of Section 6 and Section… Read More »

NBFC to Disburse loans against gold above Rs 20000 in non cash mode -RBI

RBI/2016-17/245 DNBR (PD) CC.No.086/03.10.001/2016-17 March 09, 2017 All NBFCs Madam/ Sir, Disbursal of loan amount in cash Reference is invited to instructions contained in para 37(iii)(b) of Non-Banking Financial Company – Non-Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016 and Non-Banking Financial Company – Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve… Read More »

RBI App- Now RBI website at your fingertips

Date : Mar 10, 2017 The Reserve Bank of India today formally launched a mobile application (app) version of the Reserve Bank of India’s website (www.rbi.org.in). The app is available on Android as well as iOS platforms and can be downloaded from the Play Store/App Store in one’s Android phone/iPhone, respectively, using the keyword “Reserve… Read More »

Issue of Rs 10 banknotes with improved security features by RBI

Issue of Rs 10 banknotes with improved security features The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue ₹ 10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005 with inset letter ‘L’ in both the number panels, bearing the signature of Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and the year of printing ‘2017’ printed… Read More »

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7 new districts in Manipur – Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility by RBI

RBI/2016-17/248 FIDD.CO.LBS.BC.No.23/02.08.001/2016-17 March 9, 2017 The Chairmen & Managing Directors All Lead Banks Dear Sir/Madam, Formation of seven new districts in the State of Manipur – Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility The Government of Manipur vide Gazette Notification dated December 8, 2016 had notified the creation of seven new districts in the State of Manipur.… Read More »

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FEM (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Second Amendment) Regulations 2017

Reserve Bank of India Foreign Exchange Department Central Office Mumbai – 400 001 Notification No. FEMA.385/2017-RB March 03, 2017 Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of Section 6 and Section 47… Read More »

Gold Monetisation Scheme – RBI Guidelines to bring uniformity in reporting

Gold Monetisation Scheme RBI/2016-17/243 DGBA.GAD.No.2294/15.04.001/2016-17 March 6, 2017 All Agency Banks Dear Sir/Madam Gold Monetisation Scheme Please refer to RBI Master Direction No.DBR.IBD.No.45/23.67.003/2015-16 dated October 22, 2015 (updated up to January 21, 2016) on the above subject. In order to operationalise the scheme, we advise the following: 2. In order to have uniformity in reporting,… Read More »

FDI in LLP – RBI Revised Notification 03.03.2017

RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (Foreign Exchange Department) (CENTRAL OFFICE) NOTIFICATION Mumbai, the 3rd March, 2017 No. FEMA. 385/ 2017-RB Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2017 G.S.R. 188 (E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of Section 6 and… Read More »

Infrastructure Lending Definition -NBFC to be guided by Govt Gazette Notifications

RBI/2016-17/242 DNBR.PD.CC.No.085/03.10.001/2016-17 March 2, 2017 All Non-Banking Financial Companies Dear Sir/ Madam, Infrastructure Financing- Definition of ‘Infrastructure Lending’ Please refer to the definition of ‘Infrastructure Lending’ contained in the Non-Banking Financial Company – Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016 and Non-Banking Financial Company – Non-Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking… Read More »

Financial Literacy and rural branches – Policy Review by RBI

Financial Literacy by FLCs (Financial Literacy Centres) and rural branches – Policy Review RBI/2016-17/236 FIDD.FLC.BC.No.22/12.01.018/2016-17 March 02, 2017 To Chairman/MD & CEO Scheduled Commercial Banks (Including RRBs) Dear Sir/Madam, Financial Literacy by FLCs (Financial Literacy Centres) and rural branches – Policy Review Please refer to our circular FIDD.FLC.BC.No.18/12.01.018/2015-16 dated January 14, 2016 on guidelines for… Read More »

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RBI Establishes an Inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber Security

Date : Feb 28, 2017 Reserve Bank Establishes an Inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber Security The Reserve Bank of India has set up an Inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber Security to, inter alia, review the threats inherent in the existing/emerging technology; study adoption of various security standards/protocols; interface with stakeholders; and suggest appropriate policy interventions… Read More »

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Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) – RBI Master Direction – Personal remittances from abroad to India

Master Direction – Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) RBI/FED/2016-17/52 FED Master Direction No.1/2016-17 February 22, 2017 To All Authorised Persons who are Indian Agents under the Money Transfer Service Scheme Madam / Dear Sir, Master Direction – Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) is a quick and easy way of transferring… Read More »

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 – Series IV – Operational Guidelines

Sovereign Gold Bonds, 2016-17 – Series IV – Operational Guidelines RBI/2016-17/235 IDMD.CDD.No.2188/14.04.050/2016-17 February 23, 2017 The Chairman & Managing Director All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding RRBs) Designated Post Offices Stock Holding Corporation of India ltd.(SHCIL) National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. & Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. Dear Sir/Madam, Sovereign Gold Bonds, 2016-17 – Series IV… Read More »

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 – Series IV (Revised)

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 – Series IV (Revised) RBI/2016-17/234 IDMD.CDD.No.2187/14.04.050/2016-17 February 23, 2017 The Chairman & Managing Director All Scheduled Commercial Banks, (Excluding RRBs) Designated Post Offices Stock Holding Corporation of India Ltd.(SHCIL) National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. & Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd. Dear Sir/Madam, Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17 – Series IV Government of… Read More »

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 »