Financial Services Institutions Bureau (FSIB)

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    • Recently, the government has transformed the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) into Financial Services Institutions Bureau (FSIB) by making some amendments. 

    Major changes

    • Guidelines for selection of general managers and directors of public sector general insurance companies have been made part of FSIB.
    • Modifications in the Nationalised Banks (Management and Miscellaneous Provisions) Scheme of 1970/1980: for establishing FSIB as a single entity for making recommendations for appointments of whole time directors and non-executive chairman of banks and financial institutions.
    • The union finance ministry is planning to identify new members, restructure the bureau, and recommend new names to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
    • After revamp, the board will be able to recommend full-time appointments at financial institutions, where currently the executives are given additional roles through interim arrangements.

    Issues/ Need behind the move 

    • Not a competent body: The amendments were required as the Delhi High Court in its order said the BBB is not a competent body to select the general managers and directors of state-owned general insurers.
      • Subsequently, at least half a dozen newly-appointed directors of non-life insurers had to vacate their positions.
    • There is also a case pending in the Delhi HC, where a PSU insurer executive has challenged the appointment of the chairman and managing director of United India Insurance selected by BBB. 
      • Amid these issues, appointments by the BBB have been suspended.
      • The BBB is now practically non-functional.d
    • Therefore, the government is looking to expand the body and to rename it and give it a fresh mandate for appointments.
    • The move aims to empower the body to recommend people for public sector insurers and fasten hiring at the top level of state-owned financial institutions.

    Banks Board Bureau (BBB) 

    • An autonomous body of GOI based on the recommendations of the RBI-appointed Nayak Committee.
    • It was set up in 2016 by the government with the aim to select executive directors and managing directors and chief executives of PSBs and financial institutions. 
      • The Ministry of Finance takes the final decision on the appointments in consultation with the Prime Minister’s Office.
    • It is committed to improving the Governance and Boards of public sector financial institutions. 
    • The permanent member or ex-officio members of BBB are Department of Financial Services Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises Secretary and a Deputy Governor of RBI. 

    Functions of BBB

    • To recommend the selection and appointment of Board of Directors in Mandated Institutions (Whole Time Directors and Chairman).
    • To advise the Central Government on matters relating to appointments, confirmation or extension of tenure and termination of services of the Directors of mandated institutions;
    • To advise the Central Government on the desired management structure of mandated institutions, at the level of Board of Directors and senior management;
    • To advise the Central Government on a suitable performance appraisal system for mandated institutions;
    • To build a data bank containing data relating to the performance of mandated institutions and its officers;
    • To advise the Central Government on the formulation and enforcement of a code of conduct and ethics for managerial personnel in mandated institutions.
    • To advise the Central Government on evolving suitable training and development programs for managerial personnel in mandated institutions.
    • To help the banks in terms of developing business strategies and capital raising plan and the like;
    • Any other work assigned by the Government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India.

    Way Forward

    • Improve Corporate Governance: Search and Select personages for Board of Public Sector Banks, Public Sector Financial Institutions and Public Sector Insurance Companies and recommend measures to improve Corporate Governance in these Institutions. 

    Source: TH