Allocation of Government Agency Business to Private Sector Banks – FinMin Order No. R-23001/1/2021-GBA-CGA/ 243/292 dated 24.03.2021
Office of Controller General of Accounts
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Mahalekha Niyantrak Bhawan
E-Block, GPO Complex, INA
No. R-23001/1/2021-GBA-CGA/ 243/292
Dated: 24th March 2021
Sub:- Allocation of Government Business to Private Sector Banks —regarding
In continuation of this office OM No. S-11012/3(1)/Ref. Case/2010/RBD/1119-1179 dated 30th June 2015 regarding embargo on further allocation of Government Agency business to Private Sector Banks, it is to inform that now the Department of Financial Services (DFS) vide letter dated 24th February 2021 has decided with the approval of Hon’ble Finance Minister to lift the said embargo. Accordingly, now there is no bar on RBI for authorization of Private Sector Banks for extending Government business including Government agency business.
2. Further, the DFS has clarified that the decision has been taken to ensure a level playing field to all public sector and private sector banks, enhancement of customers convenience, enabling innovation and latest technology in banking sector, and spurring of competition for higher efficiency and increase in standards of customer service, ultimately leading to all-round value creation. The objective is to boost the ease of doing business and ease of living for the public, including retails customers, small and medium enterprises as also for larger corporate, with regard to their Government related banking transactions such as taxes and other revenue payment facilities and many other transactions.
3. DES has also clarified that if the Private Sector Banks lag in performance viz-a- viz the Public Sector Banks in the achievement of implementation of Social Sector Government initiatives through banks, their performance on a matrix of various Government initiatives and schemes may be reviewed from time to time by the Government in consultation with RBI. In case, it is found that there is adverse performance by any Private Sector Bank in the future, then the permission to the concerned bank to undertake Government business could be potentially withdrawn after giving due opportunity to the bank to correct the imbalance.
4. The criteria matrix for initial selection of new private sector banks (except those which are already authorized by RBJ) and criteria for periodical performance evaluation of all Private Sector Banks is being prepared in consultation with field formations and will be circulated shortly.
Joint Controller General of Accounts (GBA)