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FRDI Bill depositor friendly, provides more protection: FinMin

Friday, December 08, 2017

The FRDI Bill, under consideration of a joint parliamentary committee, is depositor friendly and provides more protection to them compared to existing provisions, the finance ministry said yesterday. The statement comes in the wake of "certain misgivings" that appeared in the media about 'bail-in' provisions of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 (FRDI Bill).

The provisions in the FRDI Bill do not modify current protections for depositors adversely at all, the ministry held, maintaining that these rather provide additional protections in a more transparent manner.

"The FRDI Bill is far more depositor friendly than many other jurisdictions, which provide for statutory bail-in, where consent of creditors or depositors is not required for bail-in," it added. The FRDI Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on August 10 (rpt) 10, 2017, is under consideration of the joint committee of Parliament. The panel is consulting all the stakeholders on the provisions of the legislation.

"The FRDI Bill does not propose in any way to limit the scope of powers for the government to extend financing and resolution support to banks, including public sector banks. The government's implicit guarantee for public sector banks remains unaffected," it said.

The government further said Indian banks have adequate capital and are also under prudent regulation and supervision to ensure safety and soundness as well as systemic stability. The existing laws ensure integrity, security and safety of the banking system.

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