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RBI warns co-operative societies against using ‘bank’, ‘banker’ in their names

It has also come to the notice of RBI that some co-operative societies are accepting deposits from non-members/ nominal members/ associate members which is tantamount to conducting banking business in violation of the provisions.

RBI warns co-operative societies against using bank, banker in their names-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Nov 22, 2021, 7:05 PM IST
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The Reserve Bank of India on Monday warned some cooperative societies against the use of ‘bank’ word in their names, in contravention of Banking Regulation Act. The RBI also cautioned against accepting deposits from people who are not their members without any licensing or approval from the central bank.

Co-operative societies cannot use the words ‘bank’, ‘banker’ or ‘banking’ as part of their names, except as permitted under the provisions or by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after the amendment in the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, effective September 29, 2020. In a statement, RBI said it has come to notice that some cooperative societies are using the word 'bank' in their names in violation of the Banking Regulation Act.

It has also come to the notice of RBI that some co-operative societies are accepting deposits from non-members/ nominal members/ associate members which is tantamount to conducting banking business in violation of the provisions. “Members of the public are hereby informed that such societies have neither been issued any licence under BR Act, 1949 nor are they authorised by the RBI for doing banking business,” RBI said.

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The RBI warned the public that such societies neither possess any licence under Banking Regulation Act, nor have they authorised by the RBI for carrying out banking business.

“The insurance cover from Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) is also not available for deposits placed with these societies. Members of public are advised to exercise caution and carry out due diligence of such cooperative societies if they claim to be a bank and look for banking license issued by RBI before dealing with them,” RBI noted.

Members of the public are advised to exercise caution and carry out due diligence of such co-operative societies if they claim to be a bank and look for banking license issued by RBI before dealing with them, the central bank said.

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