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RBI removed LIC – Owned IDBI Bank from its PCA Framework after 4 Years

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RBI removes IDBI Bank from PCA frameworkOn March 10, 2021, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) removed LIC – owned Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) from its enhanced regulatory supervision, the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework, after almost 4 years, on improved financial performance and credit profile.

The process behind the removal from the PCA framework:

  • RBI has decided to conduct a review on IDBI Bank by the Board for Financial Supervision(BFS) on February 18, 2021
  • The board reviewed the results published for the December quarter and stated that the Bank is not breaching the PCA parameters on Regulatory capital, Net NPA, and Leverage Ratio.
  • The bank has provided a written commitment that it would comply with the norms of the PCA Framework
  • By taking all the above into consideration RBI decided to take them out of the PCA framework with certain conditions and continuous monitoring.

Points to be noted:

  • IDBI eases the bank rules, expands their business, and allows divestment by the government which holds a 45.48 % stake in the firm.
  • IDBI’s progress: The Net NPAs of them was around 5.25% and 1.94% in the December quarter of the previous and current fiscal.


  • After breaching the thresholds for capital adequacy, asset quality, return on assets, and leverage ratio IDBI Bank was placed under the PCA framework by RBI in May 2017.
  • Their NPA was over 13% (breaching Threshold 3) in March 2017
  • LIC had completed acquiring a 51% stake in IDBI Bank in January 2019, after it was approved by the Union cabinet in August 2018.

PCA Framework and its regulations:

  • It was introduced in December 2002 as a structured early intervention mechanism along the lines of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s (FDIC) PCA framework. These regulations were later revised in April 2017.
  • Under which banks with weak financial metrics are put under watch by the RBI.
  • The PCA framework is applicable only to commercial banks and not extended to co-operative banks, Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), and Financial Market Infrastructures (FMI).

Four important parameters under PCA:

  • The PCA framework deems banks as risky if they slip some trigger points from the following 4 parameters – capital to risk-weighted assets ratio (CRAR), net NPA, Return on Assets (RoA), and Tier 1 Leverage ratio.
  • It has three risk threshold levels (1 being the lowest and 3 the highest) based on where a bank stands on these ratios initiation of certain structured and discretionary actions invokes a corrective action plan.


Parameter of PCA

Threshold 1Threshold 2Threshold 3
CRAR<10.25% but >=7.75%<7.75% but >=6.25%Below 3.625%
NPA>=6% but < 9%>=9% but <12%12% and above
ROA(Negative return on assets for)2 years3 years4 years
Tier1 Leverage ratio<=4% but > = 3.5%< 3.5%

  • CRAR- Capital to risk-weighted assets ratio
  • NPA – Net Non-Performing Assets
  • ROA – Return On Assets
  • Leverage Ratio – added in 2017 after PCA framework’s revision.

Note – RBI in 2019 minimized the Leverage Ratio to 4% for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (DSIBs) and 3.5% for other banks.

RBI’s Corrective Action:

  • Depending on the threshold levels, the RBI can place restrictions on dividend distribution, branch expansion, and management compensation.
  • Only in breach of the third threshold, would go for resolution through amalgamation, reconstruction, or winding up.

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About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):

Established – 1st April 1935
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)

About Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI):

Chairman– MR Kumar
MD & CEO– Rakesh Sharma
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline – Bank Aisa Dost Jaisa