RBI notifies lending by Commercial Banks to NBFCs and Small Finance Banks (SFBs) to NBFC-MFIs

May 13, 2022 | by TeamLease RegTech Legal Research Team

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Finance & Taxation ComplianceThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on May 13, 2022 has issued a notification on lending by Commercial Banks to NBFCs and Small Finance Banks (SFBs) to NBFC-MFIs for the purpose of on-lending to priority sectors which was earlier permitted up to March 31, 2022, Now RBI has decided to allow the said facility on an on-going basis to ensure continuation of the synergies that have been developed between banks and NBFCs in delivering credit to the specified priority sectors.

Bank credit to NBFCs (including HFCs) for on-lending will be allowed up to an overall limit of 5 percent of an individual bank’s total priority sector lending in case of commercial banks. In case of SFBs, credit to NBFC-MFIs and other MFIs (Societies, Trusts, etc.) which are members of RBI recognized ‘Self-Regulatory Organisation’ of the sector, will be allowed up to an overall limit of 10 percent of an individual bank’s total priority sector lending. These limits shall be computed by averaging across four quarters of the financial year, to determine adherence to the prescribed cap.

SFBs are allowed to lend to registered NBFC-MFIs and other MFIs which have a ‘gross loan portfolio’ (GLP) of up to ₹500 crore as on March 31 of the previous financial year, for the purpose of on-lending to priority sector. In case the GLP of the NBFC-MFIs/other MFIs exceeds the stipulated limit at a later date, all priority sector loans created prior to exceeding the GLP limit will continue to be classified by the SFBs as PSL till repayment/maturity, whichever is earlier.

[Notification No. RBI/2022-23/50 FIDD.CO.Plan.BC.No.5/04.09.01/2022-23]


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