Banking Awareness of 9, 10 and 11 August 2023

By Priyanka Chaudhary | Last Modified: 11 Aug 2023 18:17 PM IST
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Topic: RBI

1. RBI has placed a fine on four co-operative banks for deficiencies in regulatory compliance.

  • One co-operative bank is from Bihar and three are from Maharashtra.
  • The names of banks are apindu Urban Co-operative Bank, Islampur Urban Co-operative Bank, Mahabaleshwar Urban Co-operative Bank, and Mangal Co-operative Bank.
  • A monetary penalty of ₹1,00,000 has been imposed on The Tapindu Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Patna.
  • This penalty is for non-compliance with the directions issued by RBI on ‘Exposure Norms and Statutory / Other Restrictions – UCBs’.
  • A penalty of ₹2.00 lakh has been imposed on Islampur Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Maharashtra.
  • The banks had not transferred the eligible amount to Depositor Education and Awareness Fund (DEAF).
  • A penalty of ₹2.00 lakh has been imposed on the Mahabaleshwar Urban Co-operative Bank Limited for non-compliance for contravention of certain provisions Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and RBI’s directions.
  • RBI imposed a monetary penalty of ₹1.00 lakh on Mangal Co-operative Bank Limited, Mumbai for non-compliance with RBI’s directions on ‘Maintenance of Deposit Accounts’ and ‘Know Your Customer (KYC)’.

Topic: Banking System

2. India’s first eco-friendly debit card has been launched by Airtel Payments Bank.

  • The debit card will be made of recycled polyvinyl chloride (r-PVC).
  • Each batch of 50,000 cards manufactured would save carbon emissions by 350 KGs.
  • 6.6 million litres of water will be saved for every batch of r-PVC cards produced.
  • Airtel Payments Bank is working on a customised Classic card and an Insta Classic card.
  • Customised Classic card is available for purchase via the Airtel Thanks app.
  • Insta Classic card will be available at some neighbourhood banking locations by the end of this quarter.
  • Airtel Payments Bank:
    • It was founded in January 2017.
    • Its headquarters is located in New Delhi.
    • Its CEO is Anubrata Biswas.

Topic: Banking System

3. More than ₹35,000 crore have been collected by public sector banks and five major private sector banks since 2018.

  • These banks have collected this amount in charges of additional ATM transactions and SMS Services and for not maintaining minimum balance in accounts.
  • Five major private sector banks were Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank and IDBI Bank.
  • More than ₹21,000 crore was collected on account of non-maintenance of minimum balance.
  • More than ₹8,000 crore was collected for excessive transactions through ATM. Over ₹6,000 crore was collected for SMS charges.
  • Bank customers are given five free transactions every month from their own bank ATMs. This includes both financial and non-financial transactions.
  • They get three free transactions in metro centres and five free transactions in non-metro centres from other bank ATMs.
  • Both financial and non-financial transactions are included in these numbers.
  • After the free transactions, the banks levies charges for each ATM transaction. The ceiling on charges is ₹21 per transaction, with effect from January 01, 2022.
  • Minimum balance need not to be maintained in the accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and for Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account.
  • For these accounts, no limit is fixed on number and value of deposits that can be made in a month.
  • However, there is a limit of four on withdrawal, including ATM ones, in a month. 

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Topic: RBI

4. RBI has withdrawn requirement of a sponsor for setting up an infrastructure debt fund (IDF).

  • RBI has done so to enable IDFs to play a greater role in financing the infrastructure sector.
  • RBI has also done so to harmonise regulations applicable to various categories of NBFCs.
  • RBI has permitted IDFs to finance Toll Operate Transfer (ToT) projects as direct lenders.
  • It has also permitted them to access ECBs (external commercial borrowings) to raise funds.
  • RBI has also made tri-partite agreements optional for PPP projects.

Topic: Corporates/Companies

5. Protean eGov Technologies Limited (Protean) and PayNearby have entered into partnership.

  • They have partnered for providing credit services on the ONDC network for last-mile borrowers and MSMEs.
  • Under the partnership, Protean (earlier NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure) will be an ONDC technology service provider.
  • The provider would facilitate credit availability for last-mile borrowers across India through Distribution-as-a-Service (DaaS) network of PayNearby.
  • The aim of the partnership is to broad-base credit access for both India and Bharat by making this service available through more than 12 lakh active PayNearby outlets.
  • PayNearby is a branchless banking and digital network.  
  • Protean eGov Technologies Limited is a leading Public Limited Indian Non-Government Company. It was incorporated in India on 27 December 1995.
  • NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited is now Protean eGov Technologies Ltd.
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Topic: Appointments

6. Vaibhav Taneja has been appointed by Tesla as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

  • Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja will take the CFO position in addition to his present duties as the Chief Accounting Officer.
  • Tesla plans to make India its next key source of a new supplier ecosystem.
  • Tesla’s previous finance chief Zachary Kirkhorn declared his decision to step down.
  • Tesla is an American multinational automotive and clean energy company. It is headquartered in Austin, Texas, US. Elon Musk is its CEO.

Topic: Banking System

7. Per transaction limit for UPI Lite has been increased by RBI to 500 rupees.

  • The existing limit for UPI Lite was 200 rupees. The limit has been increased to promote digital transactions.
  • RBI has also proposed to launch a Conversational Payments mode on UPI.
  • It is an innovative payment mode that will enable users to engage in a conversation with an Artificial Intelligence-powered system to launch and complete transactions.
  • According to the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, this will be available in both smartphones and feature phones-based UPI channels.
  • Initially, this will be available in Hindi and English. Later it will be made available in more Indian languages.
  • RBI has also proposed that Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will be used in UPI transactions.
  • NFC technology allows communication between two electronic devices over a distance of 4cm or less.
  • RBI has also raised the offline transaction limit from 200 rupees to 500 rupees.
  • However, the overall limit of small-value digital transactions is kept unchanged at 2,000 rupees.
  • UPI-Lite is an on-device wallet introduced in September 2022 to increase the speed of small-value transactions on UPI.

Topic: RBI

8. RBI has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged for the third time in a row.

  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has unanimously decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5%.
  • The repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends money to commercial banks.
  • The Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) rate remains unchanged at 6.25% and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 6.75%.
  • RBI has revised the CPI inflation target to 5.4% for the current financial year.
  • The RBI governor projected the real GDP growth for the financial year 2023-24 to be 6.5%.
  • Real GDP growth for 2023-24 is projected at 6.5% with Q1:2023-24 at 8.0%; Q2 at 6.5%; Q3 at 6.0%; and Q4 at 5.7%.
  • The real GDP growth for Q1FY25 has been projected at 6.6%.
  • RBI will come out with a framework that will allow borrowers to switch from floating interest rates to fixed interest rates.
  • This move will provide relief to home, auto, and other loan borrowers.
  • RBI has maintained that it would focus on withdrawal of accommodative policy stance.
  • RBI has said banks will maintain an incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (ICRR) of 10% on the increase in their deposits between May 19 and July 28.
  • This will absorb surplus liquidity generated by various factors, including return of ₹2000 notes to the banking system.
  • RBI Governor announced that the cash reserve ratio (CRR) remains unchanged at 4.5%.
  • The next meeting of the RBI MPC will be held October 4-6.
  • With effect from the fortnight beginning August 12, scheduled commercial banks will maintain ICRR of 10% on the increase in their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) between May 19 and July 28.

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

9. NPG under the PM’s Gati Shakti Mission has recommended three projects each proposed by the Ministries of Railways and Road Transport & Highways.

  • 53rd National Planning Group Meeting under PM GatiShakti recommended 6 infrastructure projects.
  • The project recommended by National Planning Group (NPG) has a total project cost of over ₹28,000 crore.
  • One railway project, Barbil-Nayagarh-Barsuan and Bhadrasahi- Kiriburu, has a total project cost of ₹12,532.87 crore.
  • The NPG also evaluated the proposed Malkangiri to Bhadrachalam railway line. This railway line has an estimated project cost of ₹3591.76 crore.
  • NPG also recommended a proposed line connecting Vaibhavwadi- Kolhapur worth Rs 3411.17 Cr in Maharashtra.
  • The NPG evaluated Hassan–Raichur Economic Corridor 20 (EC20) road project, the Six Laning from Gonde to Pimpri-Sado section of NH-848 and Four Laning of near Satai ghat to Kaimaha near MP/UP border.
  • The EC20 corridor passes through two States and 5 districts.


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