Govt Introduces IFSC Bill In Rajya Sabha To Regulate All Financial Services

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The government on Tuesday introduced a Bill in Rajya Sabha to set up a unified authority for regulating all financial services in International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) in the country.

The IFSC Authority Bill, 2019 mandates transaction of financial services in the IFSCs that shall be governed by an Authority headed by a Chairman.

Currently, banking, capital markets and insurance sectors in IFSCs are regulated by multiple regulators – the RBI, SEBI and IRDA – and this would provide inter-regulatory coordination.

The bill has a provision for establishment and incorporation of the Authority. Regulatory bodies including RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDI would have one nominee as its member, while the Finance Ministry will have rights to nominate two officials in the Authority.

It will be “regulating the financial products, financial services and financial institutions in an IFSC,” the bill said.

Two members could also be appointed by the central government on the recommendation of the selection committee.

“The Chairperson and a member shall hold offices for a term of three years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall be eligible for reappointment,” the bill said.

An IFSC enables to bring back to India the financial services and transactions that are currently carried out in offshore financial centres by Indian corporate entities and overseas branches or subsidiaries of financial institutions (FIs).

It provides a business and regulatory environment that is comparable to other leading international financial centres in the world like London and Singapore.

IFSC provides Indian companies with easier access to global financial markets.

PTI

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