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Reserve Bank of India


March 31, 2022

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts – Amendments to Prudential Guidelines

The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Act, 2020 (hereafter referred to as “the Act”), has been notified by the Government of India vide Gazette Notification No. S.O. 3463(E) dated October 1, 2020. The Act provides a legal framework for enforceability of bilateral netting of qualified financial contracts (QFC).

2. In exercise of the powers conferred by section 4(a) of the Act, the Reserve Bank, vide Notification no. FMRD.DIRD.2/14.03.043/2020-21 dated March 9, 2021, has since notified (a) “derivatives”; and (b) “repo” and “reverse repo” transactions as defined under Section 45(U) of Chapter III-D of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 as a QFC.

3. Accordingly, select instructions contained in the following circulars/ Directions have been modified/ amended appropriately:

a. Master Direction DNBR.PD.004/03.10.119/2016-17 dated August 23, 2016- Master Direction – Standalone Primary Dealers (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016 as provided in Annex 1;

b. Master Circular DCBR.BPD.(PCB). MC.No.10/09.18.201/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 on Prudential Norms on Capital Adequacy – UCBs as provided in Annex 2;

c. Circular RPCD.RCB.BC.No.37/07.51.012/2014-15 dated October 29, 2014 on Risk Weights for calculation of CRAR as provided in Annex 3;

d. Master Direction DOR.CAP.REC.No.61/21.01.002/2021-22 dated October 26, 2021– Prudential Norms on Capital Adequacy for Local Area Banks (Directions), 2021 as provided in Annex 4;

e. Master Circular RPCD.CO.RRB.No.BC.44/05.03.095/2007-08 dated December 28, 2007 on Application of Capital Adequacy Norms to Regional Rural Banks as provided in Annex 5;

f. Master Direction DNBR.PD.008/03.10.119/2016-17 dated September 01, 2016– Non-Banking Financial Company – Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Company and Deposit taking Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016 as provided in Annex 6; and

Bilateral Netting of QFC - Amendments to Prudential Guidelines

g. Master Direction DOR.FIN.HFC.CC.No.120/03.10.136/2020-21 dated February 17, 2021– Non-Banking Financial Company – Housing Finance Company (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2021 as provided in Annex 7.

The Directions mentioned above shall be accordingly updated.


4. This circular is applicable to All Standalone Primary Dealers, Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks, State and District Central Cooperative Banks, Local Area Banks, Regional Rural Banks, Systemically Important Non-Deposit taking Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC-ND-SIs) and Deposit taking Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC-Ds) and Housing Finance Companies (HFCs), as mentioned in Annex 1 to 7 respectively.

The revised instructions come into force with immediate effect.

Yours faithfully,

(Usha Janakiraman)
Chief General Manager

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