Business, Economy & Banking Current Affairs - 2019

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 Induslnd Bank- BFIL merger to be effective from July

The merger of Induslnd Bank and Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd (BFIL) will be effective from 4 July 2019. This decision to file National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Order on 4 July, by lender IndusInd , BFIL and IFIL with Registrar of Companies was taken by the boards of IndusInd and BFIL.

Key Highlights

Background: In October 2018, IndusInd Bank decided to acquire India’s leading micro-finance player BFIL, earlier known as SKS Microfinance. On 10 June 2019, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), a quasi-judicial body in India that adjudicates issues relating to Indian companies, sanctioned Scheme of Arrangement among BFIL, IndusInd and IFIL and their respective shareholders and creditors.

Key Changes:

After the merger current CEO of BFIL, M R Rao, will become the CEO of IndusInd Financial Inclusion Ltd (IFIL) and all employees of BFIL will become part of Induslnd family.

The Business Correspondent (BCs) network of BFIL will operate under IFIL.

All Assets and liabilities of BFIL will be merged with IndusInd’s balance sheet.

The consolidated financial results for 1st quarter of FY19 will be published on 12 July 2019.

In accordance with Scheme of Arrangement, BFIL’s shareholders will get 639 shares of bank for every 1,000 they held. The scheme also contemplates a preferential allotment of share warrants to promoters of bank in accordance with scheme, which says that each share warrant, upon exercise, shall entitle Promoters to one Equity share.

Importance:

Financial Inclusion: This merger of IndusInd Bank Limited and BFIL will enable 8.8 million microfinance customers of BFIL to access savings, deposits and other banking products. Thus the merger will help in boosting financial inclusion in its truest form.

Increase Banking Reach: Also talent, capabilities and distribution of BFIL will enable IndusInd Bank to play a more meaningful role in rural India and will fulfill ambition of building financial inclusiveness and sustainability in large swathes of unbanked and underbanked India.

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FM chairs 20th Meeting of FSDC

The 20th Meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held under the Chairmanship of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

Key Highlights of Meeting

The Meeting reviewed current global and domestic economic situation, overall macro-economic situation and financial stability issues including those concerning Banking and Non Banking Financial Company (NBFC).

Council was also informed about progress made towards setting-up of Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) under the aegis of FSDC, so as to facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis as also a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Fin) towards strengthening cyber security framework for financial sector.

Council also held consultations to obtain inputs and suggestions of Financial Regulators for Union Budget 2019-20. All the regulators presented their proposals for upcoming Budget. The financial sector regulators includes- SEBI (Capital Market), RBI (Monetary Sector), IRDA (Insurance), PFRDA (Pension) and IBC (Insolvency & Bankruptcy).

Council also took note of activities undertaken by FSDC Sub-Committee which is chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor and action taken by Members on decisions taken in earlier Meetings of FSDC.

What is Financial Stability and Development Council?

The FSDC was constituted in December 2010. It is apex body of sectoral regulators and not a statutory body.

Objective: to strengthen and institutionalise mechanism for maintaining financial stability, promoting financial sector development and enhancing inter-regulatory coordination.

Function: Among other things, it deals with issues relating to financial stability, financial literacy, financial inclusion, financial sector development, inter–regulatory coordination and macro prudential supervision of economy which also includes functioning of large financial conglomerates. No separate funds are allocated to Council for undertaking its activities.

FSDC Sub-Committee: It deliberates on agenda items proposed by any member of FSDC Council which mainly include matters relating to financial stability, inter-regulatory coordination, and financial sector development.

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