List of Small Finance Banks in India

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RBI granted 'in-principle' approval to the 10 applicants to set up Small Finance. Reserve Bank gets 72 applications for small banks.

Small Finance Banks in India

The small banks are to provide a whole suite of basic banking products such as deposits and supply
of credit, but in a limited area of operation. Key features of the Small Finance Bank guidelines are:

a) Objective: 

The objective for these Small Banks is to increase financial inclusion by provision of savings vehicles to under-served and unserved sections of the population, supply of credit to small farmers, micro and small industries, and other unorganised sector entities through high technology-low cost operations.

b) Registration: 

The small bank shall be registered as a public limited company under the Companies Act, 2013.

c) Committee on Small Banks

Usha Thorat Committee

d) Validity

The “in-principle” approval granted will be valid for 18 months to enable the applicants to comply with the requirements under the Guidelines and fulfill other conditions as may be stipulated by the RBI.

e) Eligibility: 

Resident individuals with 10 years of experience in banking and finance, companies and Societies will be eligible as promoters to set up small banks. NFBCs, micro finance institutions (MFIs), and Local Area Banks (LABs) can convert their operations into those of a small bank.

f) Capital Requirement: 

The minimum paid-up equity capital for small finance banks shall be Rs. 100 crore.

g) Operation: 

Small banks will offer both deposits as well as loan products. They cannot set up subsidiaries to undertake non-banking financial services activities. For the first three years, 25 per cent of branches should be in unbanked rural areas. For the initial three years, prior approval will be required for branch expansion.

h) Loans & Advances: 

The maximum loan size and investment limit exposure to single/group borrowers/issuers would be restricted to 15 per cent of total capital funds. Loans and advances of up to Rs 25 lakhs, primarily to micro enterprises, should constitute at least 50 per cent of the loan portfolio.

i) Foreign Shareholding: 

The foreign shareholding in the small finance bank would be as per the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy for private sector banks as amended from time to time.

j) List of Small Finance Banks in India

Bank Name Headquarter Tagline MD/ CEO/ CMD Chairman
AU Small Finance Bank Jaipur, Rajasthan Chalo Aage Badhe Sanjay Aggarwal Mannil Venugopalan
Equitas Small Finance Bank Chennai It’s Fun Banking P N Vasudevan Arun Ramanathan
ESAF Small Finance Bank Thrissur, Kerala Joy Of Banking Kadambelil Paul Thomas Prabha Raveendranathan
Fincare Small Finance Bank Ahmedabad A New Era in Smart Banking Begins Rajeev Yadav Pramod Kabra
Jana Lakshmi Small Finance Bank Bengaluru Likho Apni Kahani Ajay Kanwal Ramesh Ramanathan
Capital Small Finance Bank (1st Small Finance Bank) Jalandhar,Punjab Vishwas Se Vikas Tak Sarvjit Singh Samra Inder Krishan Sardana
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Bengaluru We believe in your belief Samit Ghosh Sunil Patel
Utkarsh Small Finance Bank Varanasi Aapki Umeed Ka Khata Govind Singh --
Suryoday Small Finance Bank Navi Mumbai A Bank Of Smile R Bhaskar Babu Dr. Mrs. Sheela Bhide
North East Small Finance Ban Guwahati Your Door Step Banker Rupali Kalita --

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