India Inc upbeat on RBI's banking licence guidelines
On Friday, the bank regulator decided to remove all restrictions on eligibility of corporates and groups to apply for the new banking licence in its final guideline.
The CII has said new guidelines “indicate the high-level of trust the RBI has shown in the maturity and the ability of the Indian industry”.
The number of applications RBI is expected to recieve by July 1 is about 60-70.
In a response to The Indian Express L&T Finance Holdings, which in the past has shown its intent to apply for a banking licence, said it was in the process of studying the guidelines and would comment only after having gone through the details.
Reliance Capital showed interest in applying for a licence. “We welcome the new banking guidelines, they are forward looking and Reliance Cap will be interested in applying for the banking licence,” said Sam Ghosh, CEO, Reliance Capital.
“Banking is a logical extension of Religare’s diverse India financial services platform and we will certainly apply for a licence,” said Sunil Godhwani, CMD, Religare Enterprises.
Mahindra Finance welcomed the move on removal of suspense around participation of industrial houses.
“The suspense for Industrial Houses has ended and the guidelines clearly state that private sector, Public sector and existing NBFCs shall be eligible,” said Bharat Doshi, Chairman, M&M Financial Services. “Mahindra
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