Thursday, August 19, 2010

Licensing new private banks

The RBI has come out with a detailed discussion paper on the licensing of new private banks. The paper documents the Indian experience with new private banks and also provides information on regulations in other countries.

Prime candidates for new banks are industrial houses and NBFCs. The latter are regulated and the RBI will know whom to let in and whom not to. Industrial houses setting up banks is a dicier proposition. I discuss the issues in my ET column, Tread warily on new private banks.

My bottomline: let us make a modest start with allowing industrial houses to set up exclusively rural banks. That is where we need initiative and capital. The urban crowd and industry are well taken care of. Let us watch the performance of industrial houses for a few years and then take a view on whether they should be allowed to spread their wings.


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