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Banking: Missing Dynamism

Even as banks have come to possess a growing share of the community's financial resources, it is the absence of dynamism shown by them in expanding their credit base regionally, functionally and by the size of borrowers that continues to hurt the process of domestic investment and growth. It is necessary for them in a competitive environment to introduce more dynamic instruments of lending and enhance organisational capabilities to shoulder more nuanced lending practices, both of which are missing in the current banking scenario.

Reforming Indian Debt Markets

While equity markets in India have got radically transformed since the 1991-92 securities scam, the government securities markets have not changed very much except that the Reserve Bank of India has significantly improved the settlement process. Recognising the need for introducing transparency and to reform the secondary markets in government securities and money market instruments, the RBI will soon operationalise the Negotiated Dealing System (NDS). Simultaneously, the Clearing Corporation of India (CCIL), promoted by major banks, financial institutions and primary dealers, will be a key market infrastructure to significantly improve market efficiency and integrity. Together with the NDS, the CCIL will introduce major reforms in the way the government securities and money markets function today.
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