‘Nationalised’ clause cost regional rural banks dearly


Lose government deposits running into crores

The term ‘nationalised’ has been haunting the Regional Rural Banks (RRB), literally!

Usually, authorities of various government departments deposits funds in banks and there are clear instructions for them to deposit these amounts in nationalised banks. For most of the officials, nationalised banks refer to those banks that were nationalised by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, decades ago. The Govt. of India had nationalised as many as 14 large banks by issuing an Ordinance ‘Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Ordinance 1969.’ Six more banks were nationalised in 1980. On the other hand, the RRBs were established later to cater to the needs of rural areas. In these, the Union government has 50% share followed by the State government’s 35% , sponsor bank has 15% and they implement 20% of the district credit plan, according to an RRB official.