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19th meeting of FSDC held in New Delhi

The 19th meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The meeting was attended by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, SEBI chairman, IRDAI Chairman along with heads and other senior officers of Government and financial sector regulators.

Key Highlights of Meeting

  • Economic Review: It reviewed health of economy, both domestic and global, financial sector performance and issues due to rising oil prices. It also discussed issue of real interest rate, current liquidity situation, including segmental liquidity position in NBFCs and mutual fund space.
  • Cyber Security in Financial Sector: It also reviewed developments regarding strengthening of Cyber Security in Financial Sector and progress made towards setting up of Computer Emergency Response Team in the Financial Sector (CERT-Fin) under Statutory Framework. It also deliberated on need for identifying and securing critical information infrastructure in financial sector.
  • Crypto Currency: It also deliberated on issues and challenges of Crypto Assets and Currency. It was briefed about deliberations of High-level Committee chaired by Secretary (Economic Affairs) to devise appropriate legal framework to ban use o fprivate crypto currencies in India and encouraging use of distributed ledger technology (blockchain), as announced in Budget 2018-19.
  • RegTech and SupTech: It also discussed market developments and financial stability implications of use of RegTech and SupTech by financial firms and regulatory and supervisory authorities. It also discussed implementation of recommendations of Sumit Bose Committee on measures, such as promoting appropriate disclosure regime for financial distribution costs.

Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC)

  • FSDC is super regulatory body for regulating financial sector which is vital for bringing healthy and efficient financial system in economy of the country. It was set up in 2010 by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
  • Mandate: To strengthen and institutionalise mechanism of maintaining financial stability, financial sector development, inter-regulatory coordination along with monitoring macro-prudential regulation of economy and promoting financial sector development.
  • Composition: Union Finance Minister is chairman of FSDC. Its members are heads of all financial sector regulatory authorities (i.e, RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA), Chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board, Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affair; Secretary, Department of Financial Services and Chief Economic Adviser.

Month: Categories: Business & Economy Current Affairs 2018

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Government reconstitutes FSDC: Includes secretaries from Revenue Department, MeitY, IBC Chairman

The Union Government has reconstituted Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) to include secretaries from revenue department as well as Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY). It  will include Chairman of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). This decision will make FSDC more broad-based to incorporate changes in economic regulatory framework of the country.

Key Facts

Inclusion of MeitY Secretary in FSDC becomes significant given massive digitisation push in country and rising apprehensions around safety of personal data as both public and private sectors are collecting and using personal data on an unprecedented scale and for multiple purposes. Moreover, inclusion of revenue secretary in follows increasing safeguards being put in place by Department of Revenue to check tax evasion (both direct and indirect taxes).

Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC)

FSDC is super regulatory body for regulating financial sector which is vital for bringing healthy and efficient financial system in economy of the country. Its mandate is to strengthen and institutionalise mechanism of maintaining financial stability, financial sector development, inter-regulatory coordination along with monitoring macro-prudential regulation of economy. Union Finance Minister is chairman of FSDC. Its members are heads of financial sector regulatory authorities (i.e, RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA), Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affair; Secretary, Department of Financial Services, and Chief Economic Adviser. FSDC was set up in 2010 by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to strengthen and institutionalise mechanism for maintaining financial stability, enhancing inter-regulatory coordination and promoting financial sector development.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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