The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today extended the restrictions earlier imposed on Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC Bank) till December 31.
"RBI recently gave in-principle nod to Centrum Group to set up a small finance bank to acquire crisis-ridden PMC Bank. In response to the Expression of Interest (EOI) dated November 3, 2020 floated by PMC Bank for its reconstruction, certain proposals were received. After careful consideration, the proposal from Centrum Financial Services Ltd. (CFSL) along with Resilient Innovation Pvt. Ltd. has been found to be prima facie feasible. Accordingly, in specific pursuance to their offer dated February 1, 2021 in response to the EOI, RBI has, on June 18, 2021, granted "in-principle" approval, valid for 120 days, to CFSL to set up a small finance bank (SFB) under the general Guidelines for 'on tap' Licensing of Small Finance Banks in the Private Sector dated December 5, 2019.
Taking into account the time required for completion of various activities involved in the process, it is considered necessary to extend the aforesaid Directions. Accordingly, it is hereby notified for the information of the public that the validity of the aforesaid Directive dated September 23, 2019, as modified from time to time, has been extended for a further period from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, subject to review," the RBI said in a release.