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RBI grants in-principle nod to 10 small banks’ applicants

A total of 72 players had applied for the small finance bank licence.

TheNewsInternational Team

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today granted an in-principle nod to 10 applicants for small finance banks.

According to a statement by the central bank, the in-principle approval granted will be valid for 18 months to enable the applicants to comply with the requirements under the Guidelines and fulfil other conditions as may be stipulated by the RBI.

“On being satisfied that the applicants have complied with the requisite conditions laid down by it as part of in-principle approval, the RBI would consider granting them a licence for commencement of banking business under Section 22(1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949,” adds the statement.

A small finance bank, according to RBI, should have 75 percent of its adjusted net bank credit to be extended to priority sector and it should have atleast 25 branches in unbanked rural areas.

A total of 72 players had applied for the Small Finance Bank licence.

Here are the names of selected applicants:

1. Au Financiers (India) Limited, Jaipur
2. Capital Local Area Bank Limited, Jalandhar
3. Disha Microfin Private Limited, Ahmedabad
4. Equitas Holdings P Limited, Chennai
5. ESAF Microfinance and Investments Private Limited, Chennai
6. Janalakshmi Financial Services Private Limited, Bengaluru
7. RGVN (North East) Microfinance Limited, Guwahati
8. Suryoday Micro Finance Private Limited, Navi Mumbai
9. Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited, Bengaluru
10.Utkarsh Micro Finance Private Limited, Varanasi.

Samit Ghosh, MD and CEO, Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited, says the first obstacle for the company will be to convert its ownership structure from foreign to domestic. The micro-finance company has Rs 3300 crore assets under management (AUM) and caters to 24 states and union Territories.

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