RBI to open separate enforcement department on April 3: Gangwar

The RBI has taken various measures to deepen the corporate bond market.

New Delhi: RBI will open a separate enforcement department from April 3 to oversee possible breaches of rules and take punitive actions against those who violate them, Parliament was informed today.

"The Enforcement Department shall, inter alia, develop a broad policy for enforcement and initiate enforcement action against the regulated entities for violation consistent with such policy," Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The department proposed to be opened on April 3 would serve as a centralised wing to deal with banks only for enforcement action, he said.

Replying to another question, he said, "Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reported that the net profit/loss, profit after tax (PAT) of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) declined to Rs (-)17,993 crore during 2015-16 from Rs 37,823 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 37,019 crore in 2013-14."

At the same time PAT of private banks increased from Rs 33,661 crore during 2013-14 to Rs 38,735 crore in 2014-15 and further to Rs 41,314 crore during 2015-16. PAT of PSBs stood at Rs (-)1,678 crore for the period April- December, 2016 while it was Rs 31,262 crore for the same period for private sector.

Gangwar in another reply said, RBI has informed that as part of the package of measures announced on August 25, 2016 for development of fixed income and currency markets, in connection with developing the market for rupee denominated bonds overseas, it has been decided to permit banks to issue Perpetual Debt Instruments (PDI) qualifying for inclusion as Additional Tier 1 capital and debt capital instruments.

It was also decided to allow banks to issue rupee denominated bonds overseas under the extant framework of incentivising issuance of long term bonds by banks for financing infrastructure and affordable housing, he said. The RBI has taken various measures to deepen the corporate bond market, he added.

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