Depositors affected by the PMC Bank scam had demonstrated in front of the Reserve Bank of India in 2019 | File photo: PTI
A depositor of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) bank displays a placard during a protest over the bank's crisis, outside the RBI building in Mumbai on 1 October 2019 | PTI
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New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said all cooperative banks and multi-state cooperative banks will come under the supervision of the Reserve Bank of India, a development aimed at providing comfort to depositors of these banks.

Urban cooperative banks and multi-state cooperative banks will be brought under the RBI supervision process applicable to commercial banks, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing media about the Cabinet decisions.

“Depositor will be assured his money is safe,” he said.

He said an ordinance in this regard will be promulgated.

There are about 1,482 urban cooperative banks and 58 multi-state co-operative banks with a depositors base of about 8.6 crore.

The decision assumes significance amid lakhs of depositors facing problems after a scam in the multi-state Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Banks.

Earlier, the Cabinet had approved amendment to Banking Regulation Act to strengthen cooperative banks and avoid PMC Bank like crisis.

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