RBI sets up committee for sustainable financial inclusion

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RBI has constituted a high level Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee (FIAC) to spearhead the efforts towards greater financial inclusion. The collective expertise and experience of the members of the committee will explore issues such as developing viable and sustainable banking services delivery models focusing on accessible and affordable financial services, developing products and processes for rural as well as urban consumers presently outside the banking network and suggest appropriate regulatory framework to ensure that financial inclusion and financial stability move in tandem.

The Committee will be chaired by Dr. K.C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India and will comprise of members of board of directors of RBI, professors from eminent institutions, and senior level officials from UIDAI and banks. Executive Director in-charge of Rural Planning and Credit Department, Reserve Bank of India will be the convenor of the committee.

Ensuring accessible and affordable financial services in all 6 lakh villages in India is a herculean task and given the enormity of the task, a lot of ground still needs to be covered.  This calls for a partnership of all the stakeholders – RBI, other sectoral regulators like Securities and Exchange Board of India. While the regulators and the Government of India are already part of the financial inclusion project, a need was felt to engage the members from the civil society/Non-Governmental Organisations and others for a sound and purposeful collaboration.

The committee, if necessary, would call other market players like Corporate Business Correspondents, Technology Vendors etc., as special invitees to the meetings. Since the financial inclusion model selected in India is primarily bank-led, the committee may also invite the Chairperson/Managing Directors of banks to its meetings to gather the perspective of the banks.

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