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Indian Banking Industry Analysis

December, 2016

The Indian banking system consists of 26 public sector banks, 20 private sector banks, 43 foreign banks, 56 regional rural banks, 1,589 urban cooperative banks and 93,550 rural cooperative banks, in addition to cooperative credit institutions.

As on September 2016, the outstanding credit to NBFCs stood at US$ 55.27 billion, growing at 25 per cent on year-on-year basis. Bank credit to non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) has touched the highest in three years.

Indian banks are increasingly focusing on adopting integrated approach to risk management. Banks have already embraced the international banking supervision accord of Basel II. According to RBI, majority of the banks already meet capital requirements of Basel III, which has a deadline of March 31, 2019. Most of the banks have put in place the framework for asset-liability match, credit and derivatives risk management.

Deposits under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) are growing. As on November 09, 2016, US$ 6,971.68 million were deposited, while 255.1 million accounts were opened.

Rising incomes are expected to enhance the need for banking services in rural areas and therefore drive the growth of the sector; programmes like MNREGA have helped in increasing rural income aided by the recent Jan Dhan Yojana. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has relaxed its branch licensing policy, thereby allowing banks (which meet certain financial parameters) to set-up new branches in tier-2 to tier-6 centers, without prior approval from RBI. It has emphasised the need to focus on spreading the reach of banking services to the un-banked population of India.

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