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RBI turns to writing competition for innovative lending ways

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In order to find innovative ways of lending to the MSME segment, Reserve Bank of India’s Pune-based College of Agricultural Banking will conduct a case study competition for the bankers.

RBIThe topic of the competition is Case Study: Lending to an MSME Borrower in an Innovative Way, RBI said in a circular.

“The purpose of holding the competition is to encourage bankers to contribute case studies where finance was extended to a micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) borrower in an innovative way, which has the potential to sensitise other bankers as well,” RBI said.

The central bank said the staff members of banks, including members of faculty from banks’ training establishments, including Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), regional rural banks, state cooperative banks and urban cooperative banks.

Besides, members of faculty from these banks’ training establishments and staff members of non-banking finance companies can participate in the competition.

RBI has invited case studies, in English or in Hindi, from participant banks by January 31.

The winners will be given a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 (1st), Rs. 15,000 (2nd) and Rs. 10,000 (3rd) apart from certificates.

RBI said MSMEs play a pivotal role in the economy of the country and there is a compelling need to carefully nurture and support this sector.

“To nurture the MSME sector, banks need competent functionaries who are entrepreneurially sensitive to meet the twin requirements of entrepreneurs – adequacy and timeliness.”

Innovative borrower selection practices coupled with processes that build robust MSME portfolios are the need of the hour.

It said just remaining within the confines of a bank and its standard processes are likely to be quite inadequate in this quest.

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