November 17, 2021

PMC Bank’s resolution could become a template for rescuing other weak UCBs

Depositors of about 50-odd weak urban co-operative banks (UCBs), which are currently under the Reserve Bank of India’s Directions, may now have some hope of getting back their deposits.

This hope arises from the proposed amalgamation of the scam-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank with a small finance bank (SFB) that will be floated by the Centrum Financial Services and BharatPe combine.

Template for weak UCBs

Co-operative sector experts say if the amalgamation fructifies, it could become a template for rescuing other weak UCBs in the country. Since April 1, 2015, 52 UCBs (as on December 11, 2020) have been placed under All Inclusive Directions by the Reserve Bank, as per the RBI’s latest Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India.


Once a UCB is placed under Directions, deposit withdrawal is capped. The bank also cannot grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment, incur any liability, among…

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