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Date : Nov 07, 2022
RBI imposes monetary penalty on Pragati Mahila Nagarik Sahakari Bank Maryadit, Bhilai (Chhattisgarh)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBl) has imposed, by an order dated November 04, 2022, a monetary penalty of ₹1.00 lakh (Rupees One lakh only) on Pragati Mahila Nagarik Sahakari Bank Maryadit, Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) (the bank) for contravention of/ non-compliance with the directions issued by the RBI to Urban Co-operative Banks on “Exposure Norms and Statutory / Other Restrictions – UCBs”. This penalty has been imposed in exercise of powers vested in RBI under the provisions of Section 47 A (1) (c) read with Section 46 (4) (i) and Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, taking into account the failure of the bank to adhere to the aforesaid directions issued by RBI.

This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers.

Background

A scrutiny of the records of the bank based on its financial position as on March 31, 2021, revealed, inter alia, that the bank had sanctioned unsecured advances above the permissible limit in certain cases, in contravention of/ non-compliance with the aforesaid directions issued by RBI. Based on the same, a Notice was issued to the bank advising it to show cause as to why penalty should not be imposed for non-compliance with the directions.

After considering the bank's replies and oral submissions made during personal hearing, RBI came to the conclusion that the aforesaid charge of non-compliance with RBI directions was substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty.

(Yogesh Dayal)     
Chief General Manager

Press Release: 2022-2023/1164


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