“Banking the unbanked” is the topic that I first heard during Davos 2007 media reports. There are hundreds of reasons for large part of population in many countries – developed, developing and underdeveloped – to stay outside the realms of banking. The reasons vary from logistics to cost of transactions, lack of financial literacy and products that meet the requirements of the unbanked people. The major reasons for the lack of credit available in the less developed part of the world are pretty self-explanatory. Most of the unbanked population is poor, they represent a higher risk and lower return on investment for banks and financial institutions, and as a result, they’re reluctant to get involved in these regions.
- Banking in India started with setting up of two banks in the last decades of the 18th century. The banks were:- 1. The General Bank of India (1786) 2. Bank of Hindustan (1790) Both of them are now defunct.
- Indian merchants in Calcutta established the Union Bank in 1839, but it failed in 1848 as a consequence of the economic crisis of 1848-49.
- The Allahabad Bank, established in 1865 and still functioning today, is the oldest Joint Stock bank still functioning in India. The first one was Bank of Upper India, which was established in 1863, and which survived until 1913, when it failed, with some of its assets and liabilities being transferred to the Alliance Bank of Simla.
- Foreign banks too started to arrive, particularly in Calcutta, in the 1860s. The Comptoire d’Escompte de Paris opened a branch in Calcutta in 1860, and another in Bombay in 1862; branches in Madras and Puducherry, then a French colony, followed. HSBC established itself in Bengal in 1869. Calcutta was the most active trading port in India, mainly due to the trade of the British Empire, and so became a banking center.
- The first entirely Indian joint stock bank was the Oudh Commercial Bank, established in 1881 in Faizabad. It failed in 1958.
- The next was the Punjab National Bank, established in Lahore in 1895, which has survived to the present and is now one of the largest banks in India.
- The period between 1906 and 1911, saw the establishment of banks inspired by the Swadeshi movement. The Swadeshi movement inspired local businessmen and political figures to found banks of and for the Indian community. A number of banks established then have survived to the present such as Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Central Bank of India.
- The fervour of Swadeshi movement lead to establishing of many private banks in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district which were unified earlier and known by the name South Canara ( South Kanara ) district. Four nationalised banks started in this district and also a leading private sector bank. Hence undivided Dakshina Kannada district is known as “Cradle of Indian Banking“.
- [Banking in India] Story of State Bank of India (palakmathur.wordpress.com)
Note: I am starting with a series on Banking in India. Will try to include everything regarding Indian Banking System that is necessary from examinations point of view. To start with here is the Story of State Bank of India. I selected SBI because I have a special place for SBI in my life. It has a part in shaping my life. How? It is the bank where my father, two of my uncles (tauji and chacha) and above all my grandfather (babaji) served.
The oldest bank in existence in India is the State Bank of India, which originated in the Bank of Calcutta in June 1806, which almost immediately became the Bank of Bengal. This was one of the three presidency banks, the other two being the Bank of Bombay and the Bank of Madras, all three of which were established under charters from the British East India Company. For many years the Presidency banks acted as quasi-central banks, as did their successors. The three banks merged in1921 to form the Imperial Bank of India, which, upon India’s independence, became the State Bank of India.
- What are the functions of sbi bank (wiki.answers.com)