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Draft Guidelines for Licensing of “Small Banks” in the Private Sector
Preamble

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last came out with a set of guidelines for licensing of new banks in the private sector on February 22, 2013. The process of licensing culminated with the announcement by the RBI vide its Press Release dated April 2, 2014 that it would grant “in-principle” approval to two applicants who would set up new banks in the private sector within a period of 18 months.

While preparing these guidelines, the Reserve Bank recognized the need for an explicit policy on banking structure in India keeping in view the recommendations of the Committee on Banking Sector Reforms (Chairman: Shri M. Narasimham) (1998), Committee on Financial Sector Reforms (Chairman: Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan) (2009) and other viewpoints.


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Draft Guidelines for Licensing of “Payments Banks
Preamble

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issues licences to entities to carry on the business of banking and other business in which banking companies may engage, as defined and described in Sections 5 (b) and 6 (1) (a) to (o) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, respectively.

The last time when RBI came out with a set of guidelines for licensing of new banks in the private sector was in February 2013. The process of licensing culminated with the announcement by the RBI vide its Press Release dated April 2, 2014, that it would grant “in-principle” approval to two applicants who would set up new banks in the private sector within a period of 18 months.

While announcing the decision to grant “in-principle” approval to the two applicants, the RBI indicated in its above Press Release that going forward,