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RRBs/StCBs/CCBs - Lending against Gold Jewellery

RBI/2014-15/111
RPCD.RRB.RCB.BC.No.08/03.05.33/2014-15

July 01, 2014

The Chairmen / CEOs
All Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and
State/Central Cooperative Banks (StCBs/CCBs)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Lending against Gold Jewellery

Please refer to our circulars RPCD.CO.No.RRB.BC.64/03.05.34/2005-06 dated February 27, 2006 and RPCD.CO.RF.BC.No.67 /07.40.06/2005-06 dated March 9, 2006 on ‘Advances against Gold Ornaments and Jewellery.’

2. As a prudential measure, it has been decided to prescribe a Loan to Value (LTV) Ratio of not exceeding 75 per cent for banks’ lending against Gold jewellery (including bullet repayment loans against pledge of gold jewellery) for the purpose of medical expenses and meeting unforeseen liabilities. Therefore, henceforth loans sanctioned by RRBs and StCBs/CCBs should not exceed 75 per cent of the value of gold ornaments and jewellery.

3. In order to standardize the valuation and make it more transparent to the borrower, it has been decided that gold jewellery accepted as security / collateral will have to be valued at the average of the closing price of 22 carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd. [formerly known as the Bombay Bullion Association Ltd. (BBA)]. If the gold is of purity less than 22 carats, the bank should translate the collateral into 22 carat and value the exact grams of the collateral. In other words, jewellery of lower purity of gold shall be valued proportionately.

4. It is reiterated that RRBs and StCBs/CCBs should continue to observe necessary and usual safeguards and also have a suitable policy for lending against gold jewellery with the approval of their Boards of Directors.

Yours faithfully,

(A. Udgata)
Principal Chief General Manager


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