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Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 -18 – Series I – Issue Price

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 -18 – Series I – Issue Price Date : Apr 21, 2017 In terms of GoI notification F. No. 4(8) – W&M/2017 and RBI circular IDMD.CDD.No.2760/14.04.050/2016-17 dated April 20, 2017, the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 – Series I will be opened for subscription for the period from April 24,… Read More »

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Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series I – Operational Guidelines

RBI/2016-17/290 IDMD.CDD.No.2759/14.04.050/2016-17 April 20, 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, 2017-18 – Series I – Operational Guidelines This has reference to the GoI notification… Read More »

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series I

RBI/2016-17/289 IDMD.CDD.No.2760/14.04.050/2016-17 April 20, 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 2017-18 – Series I Government of India has vide its Notification F.No. 4(8)-(W&M)/2017… Read More »

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

Date : Apr 19, 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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Compliance with Ghosh Committee Recommendations need not be reported to Audit Committee of Board

Compliance with Ghosh Committee Recommendations RBI/2016-17/284 Ref. DBS.CO.PPD.BC.No.9/11.01.005/2016-17 April 20, 2017 The Chairman/Chief Executive All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding RRBs) Madam/Dear Sir, Compliance with Ghosh Committee Recommendations We invite attention to our circular DBS.CO.PPD.BC.No.10/11.01.005/2015-16; dated April 28, 2016, in terms of which banks have been advised that the compliance to the Jilani Committee recommendations need… Read More »

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PMGKY – Date for deposit in Bonds Ledger Account extended

Press Information Bureau Government of India Ministry of Finance 19-April-2017 19:48 IST Central Government amends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme through a Notification. In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (c) of Section 199B of the Finance Act, 2016 (28 of 2016), the Central Government has amended through a Notification the conditions specified… Read More »

RBI Prudential Guidelines – Banks’ investment in units of REITs and InvITs

RBI/2016-17/280 DBR.No.FSD.BC.62/24.01.040/2016-17 April 18, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding RRBs) Dear Sir/ Madam, Prudential Guidelines – Banks’ investment in units of REITs and InvITs Please refer to the paragraph 12 of the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies (extract enclosed) issued by RBI on April 06, 2017. As indicated therein, it has been decided… Read More »

Banks not to recognize Forex Gain Loss on foreign currency translation reserve in P & L

RBI/2016-17/281 DBR.BP.BC.No.61/21.04.018/2016-17 April 18, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks) Madam / Dear Sir, Guidelines on compliance with Accounting Standard (AS) 11 [The Effects of Changes in Foreign Exchange Rates] by banks – Clarification Please refer to circulars DBOD.No.BP.BC.76/21.04.018/2004-05 dated March 15, 2005 and DBOD.BP.BC.No.76/21.04.018/2005-06 dated April 05, 2006 on the captioned… Read More »

Banks to make Additional Provisions For Standard Advances At Higher Than The Prescribed Rates

RBI/2016-17/282 DBR.No.BP.BC.64/21.04.048/2016-17 April 18, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding Regional Rural Banks) Madam/Dear Sir, Additional Provisions For Standard Advances At Higher Than The Prescribed Rates Please refer to paragraph 5 of the Master Circular – Prudential norms on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and Provisioning pertaining to Advances dated July 1, 2015. 2. It is… Read More »

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Banks to make Disclosure in “Notes to Accounts” if Divergence in asset classification & provisioning

RBI/2016-17/283 DBR.BP.BC.No.63/21.04.018/2016-17 April 18, 2017 All Commercial Banks (Excluding Regional Rural Banks) Madam/Dear Sir, Disclosure in the “Notes to Accounts” to the Financial Statements- Divergence in the asset classification and provisioning Please refer to paragraph 22 of the Fourth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2015-16 announced on September 29, 2015 on the captioned subject (extract enclosed).… Read More »

RBI opens the Office of the Banking Ombudsman at Raipur

Date : Apr 17, 2017 Considering the significant increase in banking network during the recent past and the large jurisdiction being covered by the current Office of the Banking Ombudsman, Bhopal, the Reserve Bank has set up an Office of the Banking Ombudsman for the State of Chhattisgarh at Reserve Bank of India, Raipur. The… Read More »

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Revised Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework for banks

RBI/2016-17/276 DBS.CO.PPD. BC.No.8/11.01.005/2016-17 April 13, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (Excluding Regional Rural Banks) Madam/ Dear Sir Revised Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework for banks Please refer to RBI circulars No. DBS.CO.PP.BC.9/11.01.005/2002-03 dated December 21, 2002 and DBS.CO.PP.BC.13/11.01.005/2003-04 dated June 15, 2004 on the scheme of Prompt Corrective Action. 2. The existing PCA framework for… Read More »

Setting up of IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) – Permissible activities

RBI/2016-17/273 DBR.IBD.BC.59/23.13.004/2016-17 April 10, 2017 All Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding Regional Rural Banks) Dear Sir/Madam, Setting up of IFSC Banking Units (IBUs) – Permissible activities Please refer to RBI circular DBR.IBD.BC.14570/23.13.004/2014-15 dated April 01, 2015, as modified from time to time, setting out RBI directions relating to IFSC Banking Units (IBUs). We have received a… Read More »

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Checklist for internal / concurrent audit of Govt business Agency Banks

Systems and Controls for conduct of government banking RBI/2016-17/271 DGBA.GAD.No.2646/31.02.007/2016-17 April 7, 2017 All Agency Banks Dear Sir/Madam, Systems and Controls for conduct of government banking Please refer to our Master Circulars DGBA.GAD.No.2/31.12.010/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on Conduct of Government Business by Agency Banks – Payment of Agency Commission and DGBA.GAD.No.H-1/31.05.001/2015-16 dated July 1,… Read More »

Change in Bank Rate by RBI w.e.f 06.04.2017

RBI/2016-17/270 DBR.No.Ret.BC.58/12.01.001/2016-17 April 06, 2017 The Chairperson / CEOs of all Scheduled and Non Scheduled Banks Dear Sir / Madam, Change in Bank Rate Please refer to our circular DBR.No.Ret.BC.19/12.01.001/2016-17 dated October 04, 2016 on the captioned subject. 2. As announced in the First Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2017-18 dated April 06, 2017, the Bank… Read More »

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Interest rates for Small Savings Schemes for Q1 FY 2017-18

RBI/2016-17/267 DGBA.GAD.2618/15.02.005/2016-17 April 6, 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.2012/15.02.005/2016-17 dated February 9, 2017 on the above subject. The Government of India, had vide their… Read More »

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RBI to up a separate Enforcement Department w.e.f 03.04.2017

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to up a separate Enforcement Department; proposed to be opened on April 3, 2017 Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is setting up a separate Enforcement Department. The Enforcement Department (EFD) is proposed to be opened on April 3, 2017, to separate those who oversee the possible rule breaches and those… Read More »

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Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility after SBI Associate Bank Merger

RBI/2016-17/262 FIDD.CO.LBS.BC. No. 26/02.01.001/2016-17 March 30, 2017 The Chairmen and Managing Directors SLBC Convenor Banks Dear Sir, Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility As per the Gazette of India Notification dated February 22, 2017, the merger of Associate banks with State Bank of India has been notified. The Order comes into effect on April 1, 2017.… Read More »

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Rationalisation of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for Debit Card Transactions – Continuance of Special Measures

RBI/2016-17/264 DPSS.CO.PD No.2737/02.14.003/2016-17 March 30, 2017 The Chairman and Managing Directors / Chief Executive Officers All Scheduled Commercial Banks including RRBs / Urban Co-operative Banks / State Co-operative Banks / District Central Co-operative Banks / Payments Banks and Small Finance Banks / All Card Network Providers Dear Madam / Sir, Rationalisation of Merchant Discount Rate… Read More »

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RBI advisory on E-wallets

Date : Mar 30, 2017 RBI advisory on E-wallets The Reserve Bank of India has today advised the users of Pre-paid Payment Instruments (PPIs), including mobile and electronic wallets, that only non-bank entities authorised by RBI under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (the Act) can issue PPI wallets for purchase of goods and… Read More »

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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