Financial services: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Merger of the 10 Public Sector Banks

In a slew of measures announced by the Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman on 30th August, 2019, to take the country out of economic doldrums, one particular step of the government has stood out. This was the planned merger of 10 public sectors into 4 banks. The anchor banks for this merger will be ..

RBI’s Surplus Transfer

The Reserve Bank of India has transferred a surplus of Rs. 1.76 lakh crores to the Indian Government. This payment, which is equal to 1.25% of the Indian GDP (in nominal rates for 2018-19) aims to provide some breathing space for the Indian government and allow it to make a higher capital expenditure on infrastructure ..

Housing Finance Companies to be treated as NBFCs

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a notification stating that housing finance companies (HFCs) will be treated as one of the categories of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) for regulatory purposes and it will come under its direct oversight. Finance Act of 2019 The Finance Act, 2019 has amended the National Housing Bank Act, ..

RBI liberalises norms for the Gold Monetisation Scheme

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has liberalised the norms for Gold Monetisation Scheme and has directed all lenders to promote and publicise the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) from their branches. This underscores the intent of the RBI to make the Scheme a success. Changes brought in by the RBI The changes brought in by ..

Ministry of Jal Shakti launches Swaccha Survakshan Grameen

In New Delhi, the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the India’s largest sanitation survey – Swachh Survekshan Grameen-2019. The aim of this 45-day long survey is to engage rural communities in improvement of the sanitation status of their districts and states through intensive campaign. The survey will take place in 18 thousand ..