of banks, state firmans, bids and outcomes. part two: jharkhand

about a month ago, i wrote about a controversial plan by the finance ministry to split the country into 20 clusters, and to appoint a common banking correspondent company for all public sector banks in each. to understand the attendant implications, please click here. yesterday, the second tender in this series was awarded. it went to fino. which is now the common BC for all of jharkhand and parts of bihar. as with the first tender, the bid surprised industry folks. the whole story here.

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Today’s Economic Times carries this story about an unexpectedly large change that is sweeping across the Bank-BC model. The Department of Financial Services, the part of the Finance Ministry which looks after the banking sector, has decided to split the country into 20 clusters and get all public sector banks in that region to work through a common Banking Correspondent company. This radical makeover of the sector is making a bunch of people, including banks, very nervous. They fear this could result in the rise of monopolistic tendencies amongst BC companies. Click here to read more.