Bimal Jalan panel on bank licences submits recommendations to RBI

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 26 2014, 16:01pm hrs
The Bimal Jalan panel, which scrutinised applications for new bank licences, today submitted its report along with shortlisted entities to the Reserve Bank of India.

"We have submitted report (on new bank licences) to RBI," Jalan, a former Reserve Bank Governor, said after a four-hour meeting here.

The report contains names of entities eligible for bank licences. It was not immediately known how many applicants have been shortlisted by the high-level advisory panel.

The committee started evaluating applications at its first meeting on November 1.

Other members of the committee are former RBI Deputy Governor Usha Thorat, former Securities and Exchange Board of India Chairman C B Bhave and Nachiket M Mor, Director of the Central Board of Directors of the RBI.

Guidelines for setting up new private banks were issued in February 2013. The last day for applications was July 1.

The RBI received 27 applications and subsequently, Tata Sons Ltd and Value Industries Ltd withdrew.

Public sector units India Post and IFCI and private sector Anil Ambani group and Aditya Birla group were among the 25 players in the fray for bank licences. Bajaj Finance, Muthoot Finance, Religare Enterprises and Shriram Capital have also applied.

In the past 20 years, the RBI has licensed 12 banks in the private sector in two phases. Ten banks were licensed on the basis of guidelines issued in January 1993.

Kotak Mahindra Bank and Yes Bank were the last two entities to get banking licences from the RBI in 2003-04.

In the 2001 round of guidelines for new licences, the committee members were C G Somiah, former government auditor CAG, I G Patel, former RBI Governor, and Dipankar Basu, former head of State Bank of India.

India has 27 public sector banks, 22 private sector banks and 56 regional rural banks.