RPCD.CO.RF.BC 54 /07.38.01/2004-05
November 1, 2004
The Managing Director
Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
9, Nagindas Master Road Extension, Fort
Mid-term Review of Annual Policy Statement for the year 2004-05-Foreign
Currency Non-Resident (Banks)- FCNR(B) Accounts
Please refer to paragraph 72 of the Mid-term
review of the Annual Policy Statement for the year 2004-05 (copy
of paragraph enclosed).
2. At present, banks are free to accept FCNR(B)
deposits for a maturity period of one to three years and to offer fixed or floating
rate of interest on a weekly basis whereas the interest rates on NRE deposits
are fixed on monthly basis. With a view to bringing consistency in the procedure
of fixing the interest rates on NRE and FCNR(B) deposits, it has been decided
that with effect from November 1, 2004, the banks may fix the interest
rates on FCNR(B) deposits also on the basis of LIBOR/SWAP rates as prevailing
on the last working day of the preceding month. The ceiling on interest
rates, however, will continue to be the LIBOR/SWAP rate minus 25 basis points,
as hitherto except in the case of Yen deposits, where banks have the freedom
to set the FCNR(B) deposit rates which may be equal to or less than the LIBOR.
3. An amending directive RPCD.RF.Dir.278/07.38.01/2004-05
dated November 1, 2004 is enclosed.
4. All other instructions issued in this regard
from time to time, remain unchanged.
5. Please acknowledge receipt.
Chief General Manager
November 1, 2004
Foreign Currency Non-Resident (Banks) FCNR(B)
In exercise of the powers conferred by Section
35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (As Applicable to Co-operative Societies),
the Reserve Bank of India, being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient
in the public interest to do so, hereby directs the following:
The LIBOR/SWAP rates as prevailing on the last
working day of the preceding month shall form the base for fixing ceiling
rates for the interest rates that would be offered effective the following month.
2. The revised instruction shall come into effect
from November 1, 2004.
Interest Rate Policy
(b) Fixation of Interest Rates on FCNR(B) Deposits
72. At present, interest rates are fixed
on weekly basis for FCNR(B) deposits, while interest rates are fixed on monthly
basis in respect of NRE deposits. Based on the suggestions received from banks
and with a view to bringing in consistency in the procedure of fixing interest
rates, it is proposed that:
- Banks may fix the ceiling on interest rates on FCNR(B)
deposits on monthly basis for the following month based on rates prevailing
as on the last working day of the preceding month. The ceiling interest
rates on FCNR(B) deposits, however, would continue to be at LIBOR/SWAP
minus 25 basis points as hitherto.