RBI directs Co-op banks to not grant loans for gold purchase

The RBI has directed State and Central co-operative banks not to give loans for purchase of gold in any form to curb the considerable increase in its import in recent years.

Currently, these banks are allowed to grant loans against pledge of gold ornaments, but not permitted to grant any advance for purchase of gold in any form. They offer loans for various purposes against the security of gold/gold ornaments as part of their lending policy.



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