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L&T Financial Services calls for changes in norms for NBFCs

L&T said it expects changes from the RBI, including bank finance being classified under priority sector lending and easy access to other fund raising instruments like external borrowings

Mumbai: Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Financial Services has called for changes in requirements governing the non-bank lending segment and asked the sector regulator not to give step-motherly treatment to it, reports PTI.

 

"I think they (non banking financial companies-NBFCs) have played an extremely important role. However, the regulator perhaps considers them as a step-child. I think there are very serious issues when it comes to regulation," L&T Financial Services Chairman and Managing Director YM Deosthalee said at an event over the weekend.

 

He gave out a list of changes which the sector expects from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), including bank finance being classified under priority sector lending and easy access to other fund raising instruments like external borrowings.

 

"I don't know why achieving PSL targets through NBFCs is a problem? Ultimately reach is important," he said, stressing that the NBFCs are playing an important role in distribution.

 

There are many issues which a NBFC faces on the liability side, he said and asked for steps like liberalising the external commercial borrowings (ECB) window in order to reduce NBFCs' dependence on bank lending.

 

The ex-chief financial officer of engineering and construction major L&T also sought to dispel notions on safety of the sector, stating, "The NBFC model is safer because they have larger capital adequacy. Their net worth is higher. From depositor perspective, they are safe."

 

"Regulation should be pro-development of a sector, rather than killing the sector," he said.

 

With over 12,000 NBFCs, the role of the regulator does tend to get difficult, but Deosthalee stressed on the need to look at well established large NBFCs in a different way, without going into specifics.

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PSBs may seek more time to comply with bulk deposit norms

Some of the public sector banks are likely to approach the Finance Ministry to seek more time for complying with the norm to reduce bulk deposits to 15% of the total deposits

Mumbai: Some public sector banks (PSBs) are likely to approach the Finance Ministry to seek more time for compliance of the directive regarding reduction of bulk deposit, reports PTI.

 

"Some of the public sector banks are likely to approach the Finance Ministry to seek more time for complying with the norm to reduce bulk deposits to 15% of the total deposits," a banking source said.

 

The Finance Ministry has directed public sector banks to reduce their bulk deposits to 15% of the total deposits in order to improve profitability and sound asset-liability management, by end of this fiscal.

 

Public sector banks like Punjab and Sind Bank, Corporation Bank and Indian Overseas Bank among others have bulk deposits of more than 15% as of now.

 

"Banks with higher bulk deposit can not reduce it to 15% during this period when deposit mobilisation is slow in the system," the source added.

 

According to RBI data, while credit growth had grown 17.2% as of 27th July, deposit growth was 13.8%.

 

The deposit growth was lower than the RBI's projection of 16% for the current financial year.

 

To mobilise deposits, many public sector banks, including Bank of Baroda and Central Bank of India, have increased deposit rates on long-term tenors.

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Canara Bank to launch life insurance cover scheme

Canara Freedom Suraksha is a life insurance cover of Rs1 lakh offered for all its savings bank customers and covers both natural and accidental death

 
Bangalore: State-run Canara Bank is launching "Canara Freedom Suraksha", a life insurance cover of Rs1 lakh for all its savings bank customers as a value-added service at a very nominal premium, reports PTI.
 
In a statement, Canara Bank Executive Director AK Gupta said the facility is being launched on Tuesday in association with its joint venture company "Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Company".
 
The cover is extended without any medical test and merely on a declaration of good health by customers and covers both natural and accidental death, he said.
 
The annual premium rates (inclusive of service tax) are Rs177, Rs366 and Rs988 for age groups of 18-35, 36-50 and 51-59, respectively, the statement said.
 

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