Arun Jaitley launches Bandhan Bank as full-fledged scheduled commercial bank’


  • India gets its first private bank in 11 years with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurating Bandhan Bank as a full-fledged scheduled commercial bank, which will now see innovation taking the centrestage to reach out to the unbanked population.
  • Bandhan is the first microfinance company to transform into a bank.
  • Reserve Bank of India has turned liberal in doling out banking licenses to entities of different capabilities. It has just issued 11 in-principle licenses to set up payments banks.
  • Bandhan Bank will primarily cater to the unorganized sector like daily wage earners and women running small businesses.
  • As a bank, it will also offer savings, remittance and insurance services and try to raise its stake in the bottom of the pyramid customers.
  • Bandhan begun operation with 500 branches, a majority of these are in the eastern region including West Bengal.

Source: ET

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