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FM Sitharaman introduces bill that aims to prevent a PMC Bank-like crisis

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which comes in the backdrop of PMC Bank scam, seeks to strengthen co-operative banks by increasing professionalism and ensuring sound banking through RBI

Press Trust of India 

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha amid the din, with Sitharaman saying if the opposition wants to deny the small depositors their rights then “it is a shame”.

A Bill to provide more powers to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for regulating co-operative banks was introduced by Finance Minister in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which comes in the backdrop of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank scam, seeks to strengthen co-operative banks by increasing professionalism, enabling access to capital, improving governance and ensuring sound banking through the RBI.

Introducing the bill, Sitharaman said it is the “need of the hour” to avoid a PMC Bank-like crisis. Noting that the happenings at the had “unfortunately” put a lot of small depositors in difficulty, she said there were demands that the government should do something about it.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha amid the din, with Sitharaman saying if the opposition wants to deny the small depositors their rights then “it is a shame”.

First Published: Wed, March 04 2020. 01:55 IST
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