Reserve Bank Of India (RBI)

The Preamble of the Reserve Bank of India describes the basic functions of the Reserve Bank as: “to regulate the issue of Bank notes and keeping of reserves with a view to securing monetary stability in India and generally to operate the currency and credit system of the country to its advantage; to have a modern monetary policy framework to meet the challenge of an increasingly complex economy, to maintain price stability while keeping in mind the objective of growth.”

The Main Functions of RBI

Monetary Authority:

• Formulates, implements and monitors the monetary policy.

• Objective: maintaining price stability while keeping in mind the objective of growth.

Regulator and supervisor of the financial system:

• Prescribes broad parameters of banking operations within which the country’s banking and financial system functions.

• Objective: maintain public confidence in the system, protect depositors’ interest and provide cost effective banking services to the public

Manager of Foreign Exchange

• Manages the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

• Objective: to facilitate external trade and payment and promote orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India.

Issuer of currency:

• Issues and exchanges or destroys currency and coins not fit for circulation.

• Objective: to give the public adequate quantity of supplies of currency notes and coins and in good quality.

Developmental role

• Performs a wide range of promotional functions to support national objectives.

Regulator and Supervisor of Payment and Settlement Systems:

• Introduces and upgrades safe and efficient modes of payment systems in the country to meet the requirements of the public at large.

• Objective: maintain public confidence in payment and settlement system .

Related Functions

• Banker to the Government: performs merchant banking function for the central and the state governments; also acts as their banker.

• Banker to banks: maintains banking accounts of all scheduled banks.

Source: NISM

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