Did You Know: What is PSL Certificate? | RBI Grade B 2019 Question

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Let us look at What is PSL Certificate?

Commercial banks in India are required to lend 40% of their loans to certain sectors categorised as Priority Sectors. These sectors are either important due to the developmental importance in the country or are vulnerable sectors. There are eight categories identified as priority sectors by RBI – Agriculture, Export credit, MSME, Education, Housing, Social Infrastructure, Renewable energy and others. There are various sub-sector targets also specified by RBI within the overall Priority sector lending (PSL) target of 40% which are to be met by the commercial banks.

In an event of a bank not being able to meet its PSL target, PSL Certificates (PSLCs) come into picture.

PSLCs are tradable certificates that give a mechanism to enable banks to achieve the priority sector lending target and sub-targets by purchase of these instruments in the event of shortfall.

The PSLC are issued by banks that have overreached their priority sector lending targets (to the extent of their over lending to the stipulated sectors) and bought by those banks who could not meet their priority sector lending targets.

For example, say there are two banks – Bank A and Bank B.

Bank A has total loans of Rs.100 crore of which Rs.50 crore worth of loans qualify for PSL. Given the 40% requirement for PSL, Bank A has excess PSL loans of Rs.10 crore.

Now Bank B has total loans of Rs.50 crore and PSL loans are Rs.15 crore which are 30% of its total loan book. As such, in order to meet the PSL requirement, Bank B requires to make additional PSL loans of Rs.5 crore (10% of total loans of Rs.50 crore).

Now Bank A and Bank B can both benefit through the use of PSLCs. While Bank A can sell PSLCs worth Rs.10 crore of PSL loans and earn some extra income on it, Bank B can buy Rs.5 crore PSL loans worth PSLCs and fulfil its RBI requirement for PSL.

 

The price of PSLCs is determined on the basis of demand and supply as reflected in the auction under the RBI’s e-Kuber trading platform.

As per the RBI guidelines, banks can issue four types of PSLCs:

  • PSLCs- agriculture
  • PSLC – small and marginal farmers
  • PSLC- micro enterprises
  • PSLC – general

Under the PSLC mechanism, the seller sells fulfilment of priority sector obligation and the buyer buys the obligation with no transfer of risk or loan assets.

All PSLCs expire by March 31st and will not be valid beyond the reporting date (March 31st), irrespective of the date it was first sold.

 

Note – PSLCs were first recommended by the Raghuram Rajan Committee (2009) on Financial Sector Reforms to allow for a more efficient implementation of the priority sector lending mandate. RBI, under the governorship of Dr. Raghu Ram Rajan, later comprehensively revised the priority sector guidelines in April 2015 which provided for the introduction of PSLCs. On 7 April 2016, RBI issued instructions on trading in PSLCs

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