These firms thus joined VSoft Technologies, Calicut City Service Co-operative Bank, Dvara Kshetriya Gramin Financial Services and Akhil Kumar Gupta in seeking to set up small finance banks under the central bank’s on-tap licensing policy.
Gupta, the vice chairman at Bharti Enterprises Sources, applied for the license in his personal capacity.
In March, the banking regulator formed a five-member standing external advisory committee under former deputy governor Shyamala Gopinath for evaluating the applications.
RBI’s central board director Revathy Iyer, former executive director B Mahapatra, former Canara Bank chairman TN Manoharan, former
managing director Hemant G Contractor are members of the committee.