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Ratan Tata launches North East Small Finance bank

IANS  |  Guwahati 

Trusts Ratan and Assam's Minister on Sunday launched the first 28 branches of the (NESFB), the region's first small

"If has to grow as a prosperous place, we need to create opportunities and entrepreneurship," said at the function here.

The Chairman, through the investment arm RNT Associates, has invested Rs 40 crore in the

"Most of us who have seen the growth and prosperity in have to admit that it has been easy for borrowers to find funds to grow. However, there is a vast number of people in who have been either under served or not served at all and is not available.

"I wish the bank every success and the has been very happy to participate and play a role in spreading prosperity to millions of people who do not have access to funds and the opportunity," said Tata.

got the Reserve Bank of India's Small Finance Bank license on March 31, 2017 mandating it to carry out services in remote and "unbanked" areas of the eight states of northeast India, as well as in and registered a public limited company by the name of Ltd.

"We are starting with 28 branches and will soon add another 80 branches. After that (we plan to) have branches in all the northeastern states," the bank's said at a press conference earlier in the day.

The Ltd which has a net worth of Rs 300 crore is supported by infusion of funds from domestic and overseas investors.

"During the years of operation RGVN (NE) MFL got equity investment and able support from (SIDBI), the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd, Opportunity International, (through (India), Brahmaputra Community Development Trust, Norways's Nordic Microfinance Initiative, and Oiko Credit Netherlands," a said.

Fresh equity for strengthening the capital base to promote the company was received from the SIDBI as well as SIDBI Venture Capital, RNT Associates Pvt Ltd, Pi Ventures LLP, Bajaj Allianz Company, Nordic Microfinance Initiative, and DiaVikas Capital.



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First Published: Sun, June 17 2018. 22:02 IST