- The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has started monitoring the liquidity position,asset-liability gap and repayment schedules of housing finance companies(HFCs) on a daily basis.
- The move to monitor HFCs on a daily basis comes after some HFC had gone into liquidity crisis which had resulted in defaults.This crisis had started since the debt default by IL&FS in September last year.
- Housing finance companies(HFCs) are regulated by the National Housing Bank(NHB).
- But the RBI has said that since the liquidity crisis of the HFCs could have a spillover effect on the other segments in the financial sector including banks which could affect financial stability
- Hence,it was necessary to monitor these entities on a regular basis.For this purpose,a general manager in NHB has been asked to be in regular communication with a chief general manager in the department of non banking supervision (DNBS) of the RBI.
- The National Housing Bank(NHB) was set up in 1988 under the National Housing Bank Act,1987.NHB is an apex financial institution for housing.
- Its objective is to operate as a principal agency to promote housing finance institutions both at local and regional levels and to provide financial and other support incidental to such institutions and for matters connected therewith.
- Recently,RBI had divested its stake in National Housing Bank(NHB) and National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (Nabard) by making them fully government-owned.
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