Cooperative banks are those banks which provide financial support to agriculturist, rural industries and to trade and industries of urban areas (up to a limited extent). The cooperative banks are registered under Cooperative Societies Act, 1965. The most interesting thing in these banks are that they give slightly higher interest rate than the commercial banks. Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed restrictions on withdrawals from Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, which triggered a panic among bank customers. It has brought to the fore the issue of health of the banking sector, especially co-operative banks and the need to restore confidence among customers. PMC Bank is one of the top five urban cooperative banks in the country has painted a scary picture among the depositors. Their money are being put to risk by concentrating more on undisclosed bad loans and lending. RBI has been urging cooperative lenders to act professionally. We need confidence-building for all banks, not just for cooperatives, but even NBFCs.. This topic is included in Indian Economy of GS paper III.
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