New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken stern action against Pusad Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd., located in Pusad, Maharashtra, by imposing a monetary penalty of Rs 2.50 lakh.

According to a press release, the penalty was levied due to the bank's failure to comply with RBI directives concerning 'Income Recognition, Asset Classification, Provisioning, and Other Related Matters.'

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The imposition of the penalty comes under the authority vested in the RBI by the provisions of section 47A(1)(c) read with Sections 46(4)(i) and 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

This action underscores the RBI's commitment to maintaining regulatory compliance within the banking sector.

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The penalty was imposed following a thorough examination of the bank's financial position as of March 31, 2020, during the statutory inspection conducted by the RBI.

The inspection revealed significant deficiencies in the bank's adherence to prudential norms related to income recognition, asset classification, and provisioning.

Upon discovering these lapses, the RBI issued a notice to the bank, directing it to explain why a penalty should not be imposed for its failure to comply with the regulatory directives, it added.

Despite the bank's responses and additional submissions, the RBI concluded that the charge of non-compliance was substantiated and warranted the imposition of a monetary penalty.

It's crucial to note that the RBI's action is not intended to pass judgment on the validity of any transactions or agreements entered into by the bank with its customers.

Instead, it serves as a regulatory measure aimed at ensuring adherence to established norms and safeguarding the stability of the banking system.

The penalty levied on Pusad Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd. underscores the importance of strict adherence to regulatory guidelines by financial institutions.

It sends a clear message to all banks and cooperative institutions about the consequences of non-compliance with RBI directives.

As the banking sector continues to evolve and adapt to changing economic landscapes, regulatory compliance remains paramount to maintain trust and confidence in the financial system.

The RBI's vigilance in enforcing compliance standards underscores its commitment to ensuring the stability and integrity of the banking sector in India. (ANI)

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