Are Small Finance Banks covered under DICGC?

What happens to the depositors when the banks become bankrupt? Do the depositors lose their funds? Is there any coverage provided to the depositor? Who insures the depositors? How are they insured? The answers to all these questions are explained in the below article. 

What is DICGC?

The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation, or DICGC, is a  wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The corporation was founded to protect the bank’s depositors and provide deposit insurance if the bank becomes bankrupt and fails to repay its depositors. DICGC was founded by combining two corporations- Deposit Insurance Corporation (DIC) and Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited (CGCI).  

The agency aims to insure all kinds of deposits of the banks, including savings, recurring, fixed and current deposits and provide maximum coverage of ₹5 lakhs. This coverage is for an individual bank depositor and includes the principal and interest up to ₹5 lakhs.

Who governs DICGC?

DICGC is governed by the provisions of ‘The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, 1961’ (DICGC Act) and ‘The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation General Regulations, 1961’ framed and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under the provisions of sub-section (3) of Section 50 of the said Act. 

Insurance Coverage under DICGC

DICGC was formed under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, 1961 (DICGC Act, 1961). At the time of its formulation, as per Section 16(1) of the DICGC Act, the insurance coverage was limited to ₹1,500/- per bank per depositor for deposits held by them in the “same right and in the same capacity” in all the branches of the bank taken together, which was later on enhanced to ₹ 5,00,000/- per bank per depositor w.e.f. from 4th Feb 2020.

Funds maintained by DICGC

DICGC maintains the following types of funds- 

  • Deposit Insurance Fund- DIF or Deposit Insurance Fund is used to settle the claims of depositors. DIF is funded by the insurance premium received by the corporation from the banks.  
  • Credit Guarantee Fund- CIF or Credit Guarantee Fund is also used for providing coverage to the depositors if the bank fails to repay the depositors. CIF is funded by the guarantee fee received from the banks. 
  • General Fund- The DICGC uses the General Fund to meet the administrative and general expenses of the corporation.  

Banks insured by the DICGC

DICGC covers all commercial banks and cooperative banks. 

  • Commercial Banks- DICGC aims to cover all commercial banks, including the bank’s foreign branches in India, regional rural banks and local area banks. 
  • Co-operative Banks– DICGC covers all the Primary, Central and State co-operative banks functioning in States and Union Territories and has amended their Co-operative Societies Act as per the DICGC Act, 1961. All eligible cooperative banks, defined under Section 2(gg) of the DICGC Act, are covered by the Deposit Insurance Corporation.  

List of Insured banks under DICGC

S.No. Banks Number 
1.      Public sector Banks12
2.      Private Sector banks 21
3.      Foreign banks44
4.      Small Finance banks 12 
5.      Payments banks6
6.      Regional rural banks 43
7.      Local area banks 2
8.      State Co-operative banks 33
9.      District Central co-operative banks 352
10.   Urban Co-operative Banks 1503 

Registration of banks under the DICGC Act

  • DICGC Act, 1961 mandates that newly established cooperative and commercial banks must register with the DICGC immediately after receiving their banking license from the RBI under Section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
  • All new cooperative banks must be registered under DICGC within 3 months from their license application date. 
  • All new regional rural banks must be registered under DICGC within 30 days from their establishment in terms of Section 11A of the DICGC Act, 1961.  
  • As soon as the DICGC registers a bank, they are required to send an intimation letter to the bank within 30 days of the bank’s registration, indicating the bank that it has been registered under DICGC. 

How DICGC works? 

The DICGC working is explained below- 

  • In case of liquidation of the listed banks covered under the DICGC Act, the banks must furnish the data of outstanding deposits within 45 days from the date the bank has gone bankrupt. 
  • The banks send this list to the DICGC. 
  • DICGC will verify the lists, and on successful scrutiny, they will authenticate the data provided. 
  • DICGC will pay the money to the liquidator, which would be further transferred to the depositors. 
  • The insured amount must be paid to the depositor within 90 days of the liability. 

Types of deposits covered by DICGC 

DICGC insures all the bank deposits such as –

  • Saving deposits
  • Recurring deposits 
  • Current deposits
  • Fixed deposits

Types of deposits not covered by DICGC

DICGC does not cover the following types of deposits- 

  • Inter-bank deposits 
  • Deposits from foreign governments
  • Deposits of state or Central governments
  • State Land Development Banks deposits as maintained with the State cooperative bank
  • Any specifically exempted amount by the corporation with the previous approval of the RBI
  • Any amount due on account of any deposit received outside India 

DICGC Accreditation 

  • DICGC accreditation helps individuals know whether DICGC insures the banks in which they are depositing funds.
  • At the time of registering the banks under DICGC, the corporation furnishes the bank with a printed certificate to them displaying the protection offered to the depositors under the DICGC scheme. 
  • In doubt, the depositor can directly question the banks’ officials.  

Insurance Premium

Under the DICGC act, the registered banks are required to pay a certain amount of premium to the corporations to fund the corporation so that they can settle the claims of depositors in case the bank goes bankrupt. The banks will pay this premium on a half-yearly basis, and the burden of paying the premium will be borne by the banks themselves, which means it cannot be transferred to the depositors.  The current premium rate from 1st April 2020 is fixed at 12 paise per 100 assessable deposits per annum.  

The formula for calculating the premium is-

Deposits in rupees rounded to thousands X 0.06 / 100 

Note- The deposits should be rounded off to the nearest thousand rupees. 

  • If the bank fails to pay the insurance premium to the corporation, it will be charged @8% above the bank rate on the premium amount or on the unpaid portion, as the situation may be, from the half-year’s beginning till the date of payment. 
  • The premium and interest amount can be paid in the following manner- 
  • It can be paid directly to the Deposit Insurance Fund account maintained by the RBI. 
  • It can be paid via crossed cheque or DD in favour of DICGC, payable at Mumbai. 

Final Words 

The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) functions under the provisions of ‘The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, 1961’ to provide insurance coverage to the bank’s depositors when the banks fail to repay its depositors. It ensures all deposits, such as savings, current, fixed etc. Each depositor is insured up to a maximum amount of ₹5,00,000 for both the principal and the interest held by them in the same right and same capacity as on the date of the bank’s liquidation. The insured banks are provided with a certificate depicting the offers for the depositors. The banks, in return, are required to pay an insurance premium to the corporation semi-annually, which helps the corporation settle the claim of the depositors. The DICGC covers all the commercial banks, including the foreign branches operating in India as well it also covers cooperative banks, whether, primary, state or central. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have my funds on deposit at two different banks, and those two banks are closed on the same day, are my funds added together, or insured separately

The limit of ₹5,00,000 is per account holder per bank per depositor. Hence, in such a case, the deposit in different bank accounts will be treated separately; hence, the limit of ₹5,00,000 will be applicable separately for both accounts.
For example, Mr. Ram has a deposit of ₹3,50,000 with ABC Bank and ₹2,00,000 with XYZ Bank. In this case, he is insured for the entire ₹5,50,000.

If I have deposited in the different branches of the same bank, then will the funds be added together or insured separately?

Since the limit is per bank, the total of all the deposits with all the branches of a particular bank would be clubbed together, and only a maximum of ₹5,00,000 can be recovered by the depositor.

Can any insured bank withdraw from the DICGC coverage?

No, The deposit scheme is compulsory, and no bank can withdraw from it.

Within what timeframe does DICGC pay the claim to the defaulter bank?

The liquidator appointed for the defaulting bank has to submit his claim to DICGC no later than 3 months from the bank’s deregistration date. The Corporation would then disburse the insured amount to the deposit holder.

How will you know whether or not the DICGC insures your bank?

The DICGC, while registering the banks as insured banks, furnishes them with printed leaflets for display, giving information relating to the protection afforded by the Corporation to the depositors of the insured banks. In case of doubt, the depositor should make specific enquiries from the branch official.

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