July 1, 2019 / 9:44 AM / 3 months ago

India considers more powers for central bank to regulate shadow banks

FILE PHOTO: A security guard's reflection is seen next to the logo of the Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) at the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, India, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government is considering giving more powers to the central bank to regulate the struggling shadow banking sector, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Parliament on Monday.

The government does not have any plans to infuse funds in privately-held shadow banks, she said in a written reply.

“Government has received a proposal from RBI to strengthen RBI’s regulatory and supervisory powers under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, and the same is under consideration,” Sitharaman said.

The outlook on the shadow banking sector has been bleak ever since the state-run Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services defaulted on a series of debt obligation triggering New Delhi to take over the control of the company.

Reporting by Aftab Ahmed in New Delhi; editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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