RBI directs state govts not to shift deposits out of private lenders


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed the state governments not to shift their deposits out of private sector banks saying concerns pertaining to the safety of deposits in private lenders is not valid.


In a written communiqué to the chief secretaries of all states, the central bank said that transferring deposits out of private sector banks could have repercussions on banking and financial sector stability.

The letter was released after reports suggested that some state governments have asked the government bodies and other entities under their jurisdiction to transfer their funds deposited in private sector banks to public sector lenders. This reaction is a result of  Yes Bank crisis where the RBI has superseded the bank’s board and placed restrictions on withdrawals.

“We strongly believe that such a move can have banking and financial sector stability implications,” the RBI wrote.

 “We feel that apprehension on the safety of deposits in private sector banks is highly misplaced and will not be in the interest of stability of the financial system in general and the banking system in particular.”

It requested state governments to reconsider any decision they might have taken in this regard or are in the process of taking such a decision.

“The Reserve Bank has adequate powers to regulate and supervise the private sector banks and by using these powers, it has ensured that the depositors’ money is entirely safe,” the letter said.

The banking regulator said the resolution of weak private sector banks in the past is carried out in a manner that the depositors are not put to loss.

“It is precisely with a view to retaining depositors’ confidence in private sector banks and mitigating their hardship that, after the imposition of a moratorium on Yes Bank Ltd, the RBI has drawn up a draft scheme without any delay and we are making every effort to expedite the finalisation of the scheme,” it added.


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