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RBI governor Raghuram Rajan's new proposals

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan's new proposals

Reserve Bank of India Governor, Raghuram Rajan, on Wednesday announced a slew of proposals in his first day of office.

Reserve Bank of India Governor, Raghuram Rajan, on Wednesday announced a slew of proposals in his first day of office.

Below are some highlights of the proposed action.

Monetary Policy

Postpones first monetary policy statement as Governor to September 20 from September 16.

To set up a panel on how to strengthen monetary policy framework, which will submit report in three months.

Rupee, capital inflows

To allow exporters to re-book cancelled forward currency contracts up to 50 per cent of the value of cancelled contracts and up to 25 per cent for importers.

Will push for more trade settlements in rupees, open up financial markets for those who receive rupees to invest back in.

Will offer a special window for swapping foreign currency non-resident deposits with a minimum tenor three of years and more, at a fixed rate of 3.5 per cent per year.

Will raise overseas borrowing limit of 50 per cent of unimpaired Tier I capital to 100 per cent for banks.

Borrowings mobilized under this provision can be swapped with RBI at a concessional rate of 100 basis points below the ongoing swap rate prevailing in the market.

Above schemes will be open till November 30, 2013

Debt/ broader markets

Will introduce cash-settled 10-year interest rate future contracts.

Will examine introduction of interest rate futures on overnight interest rates.

Will steadily but surely liberalise markets, restrictions on investments and position-taking.

To issue inflation-indexed savings certificates tied to CPI to retail investors by end November.

Need to reduce requirement for banks to invest in government securities in a calibrated way.

Banking system

To set up external committee to screen bank license applicants.

Hopes to announce licenses within, or soon after, January 2014.

Will push foreign banks to set up wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Will look at continuous or on-tap bank licensing system for applicants.

Will issue guidelines to free rules on setting up bank branches for domestic commercial banks.

To look at rising non-performing assets and restructuring/recovery process.

Need to accelerate the working of debt recovery tribunals and asset reconstruction companies.

Proposes to collect credit data, examine large common exposures among banks.

Will encourage banks to clean up their balance sheets.

Will encourage banks to commit to raising capital when necessary.

Bad loan problem is not alarming yet, but will fester if unaddressed.

To set up committee that will access every aspect to financial inclusion.