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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in a significant development, has officially announced the designation of the State Bank of India (SBI) as the Lead Bank for the newly formed Hojai district in Assam. This decision, detailed in the RBI circular RBI/2023-24/123 FIDD.CO.LBS.BC.No.15/02.08.001/2023-24 dated February 20, 2024, comes following the notification of Hojai’s formation by the Government of Assam through Gazette Notification ECF.No.367433/28 on September 07, 2023.

Detailed Analysis

The formation of a new district often brings with it a myriad of challenges and opportunities, especially in the realm of financial inclusion and banking services. The RBI’s choice of SBI as the Lead Bank for Hojai is strategic, aiming to ensure that the district’s banking needs are adequately met from the outset. This designation is crucial for several reasons:

  • Financial Inclusion: As a Lead Bank, SBI is tasked with spearheading the drive towards financial inclusion within Hojai. This involves extending banking services to the unbanked and underbanked segments of the population, thereby fostering economic development and inclusion.
  • Infrastructure Development: SBI will play a pivotal role in developing the necessary banking infrastructure in Hojai, ensuring that both retail and commercial banking services are accessible to all residents and businesses in the district.
  • Economic Growth: With SBI’s robust banking framework, Hojai is set to witness a significant boost in economic activities. The availability of credit for businesses, agriculture, and personal needs is expected to spur growth and development in the region.
  • Coordination with Government Schemes: The Lead Bank is also responsible for the effective implementation of various government schemes and initiatives at the district level. This ensures that the benefits of such schemes are maximized for the residents of Hojai.

Conclusion

The RBI’s designation of SBI as the Lead Bank for the newly formed Hojai district marks a significant step towards enhancing the banking infrastructure and financial services in the region. This move is expected to play a crucial role in the economic development of Hojai, facilitating financial inclusion, and supporting the government’s vision of accessible banking for all. As the Lead Bank, SBI’s extensive experience and wide reach are anticipated to bring about a transformative change in the banking landscape of Hojai, driving progress and prosperity in the district.

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Reserve Bank of India

RBI/2023-24/123
FIDD.CO.LBS.BC.No.15/02.08.001/2023-24

February 20, 2024

The Chairman / Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Lead Banks Concerned

Madam/ Dear Sir,

Formation of new district in the State of Assam – Assignment of Lead Bank Responsibility

The Government of Assam has notified formation of a new district, viz., Hojai in the state of Assam vide Gazette Notification ECF.No.367433/28 dated September 07, 2023. Accordingly, it has been decided to designate the Lead Bank of the new district as below:

Sr No Newly Created District Lead Bank Responsibility assigned to District Working Code allotted to new district
1 Hojai State Bank of India 409
(to be read as ‘numeral four, numeral zero, numeral nine’)

2. There is no change in the Lead Banks of the other districts in the state of Assam.

Yours faithfully,

(Nisha Nambiar)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge

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