RBI warns towards some cooperative societies utilizing ‘financial institution’ of their names


The Reserve Financial institution of India has famous that some cooperative societies are utilizing the phrase ‘financial institution’ of their names, in contravention of Banking Regulation Act. Some cooperative societies are even accepting deposits from non-members with none licensing or approval from the central financial institution.

In gentle of those developments, the RBI clarified that cooperative societies should not allowed to make use of “financial institution”, “banker” or “banking” of their names.

“The Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (BR Act, 1949) was amended by the Banking Regulation (Modification) Act, 2020 (Act 39 of 2020) which got here into pressure on September 29, 2020. Accordingly, co-operative societies can’t use the phrases “financial institution”, “banker” or “banking” as a part of their names, besides as permitted below the provisions of BR Act, 1949 or by the Reserve Financial institution of India,” the apex lender stated in an announcement on Monday.

It has come to the discover of RBI that some cooperative Societies are utilizing the phrase “financial institution” of their names in violation of Part 7 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (As Relevant to Co-operative Societies), RBI said.

It has additionally come to the discover of RBI that some cooperative societies are accepting deposits from non-members, nominal members and affiliate members, which quantities to conducting banking enterprise, in violation of the provisions of the BR Act, 1949.

The RBI warned the general public that such societies neither possess any licence below Banking Regulation Act, nor have they authorised by the RBI for finishing up banking enterprise.

“The insurance coverage cowl from Deposit Insurance coverage and Credit score Assure Company (DICGC) can also be not accessible for deposits positioned with these societies. Members of public are suggested to train warning and perform due diligence of such cooperative societies in the event that they declare to be a financial institution, and search for banking license issued by RBI earlier than coping with them,” RBI famous.

DICGC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RBI, assures depositors a deposit insurance coverage of 5 lakh in case the lender goes bust. With out its cowl, accountholders have little likelihood of getting their a reimbursement if the lender goes out of enterprise.

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