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This article was posted on Jul 2, 2013 and is filed under Market News

Surprise pack includes Smart Global Ventures, INMACS Management, Suryamani Financing and UAE Exchange

The 13th floor of the Reserve Bank of India’s headquarters in South Mumbai on Monday saw an unusual sight: Many visitors carrying huge cartons filled with documents lining up before the office of Chandan Sinha, chief general manager-in-charge, department of banking operations & development.

The documents, some running into more than 20,000 pages, were part of the applications for banking licences, the deadline for which expired on Monday.

A total of 26 applications were received, including those from the usual corporate heavyweights like L&T, the Tata group (Tata Sons has applied, not Tata Capital), Reliance Capital, Aditya Birla Nuvo, Bajaj Finserv, Videocon (in the name of Aurangabad-based Value Industries), apart from infrastructure financier IDFC, gold loan company Muthoot Finance, realty developer Indiabulls, micro financier Bandhan and Bangalore-based Janalakshmi. SKS Microfinance, India’s only listed microfinance company, was absent, though its chief financial officer had said it would consider applying.

Among surprise entries were Noida-based little-known Smart Global Ventures and Gurgaon-based advisory services firm INMACS Management. UAE Exchange India, a remittance and foreign exchange services firm and Suryamani Financing, part of the Kolkata-based Pawan Kumar Ruia group also joined the fray.

The Department of Posts, Tourism Finance Corporation and government-owned financial institution IFCI were among the public-sector entities that applied.

Apart from these, India Infoline, Religare, Edelweiss, Magma Fincorp, Muthoot Finance and SREI Infra Finance were also on the list of aspirants. In a statement issued on Monday, India Infoline said former Corporation Bank chairman, V K Chopra, would head its banking foray.

The central bank has not formally communicated how many licences it will issue but sources indicate the number is unlikely to exceed eight.

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