Fit and proper criteria for Directors and CEOs of SCBs and DCCBs Ref. RPCD. CO.RCBD. 131/13.01.03/2011-12 Position Director (Elected Members) Criteria 1. The provisions of the bye-laws of the Bank, in question and the concerned State Cooperative Societies Act shall be adhered to by the Election Authority in the matter. 2. A declaration as in Annex II shall be obtained from each elected director. A special Board level committee shall be set up by the elected Board to satisfy itself about the information provided by the directors in the declaration. Professional Director 1. There shall be at least there directors on the Board with a minimum of five years’ work experience in any of the following fields i. Accountancy Accountant) (Qualified Chartered/Cost ii. Agriculture (Agricultural Graduate/Post graduate/Agricultural Engineer) iii. Banking (At senior management level being a graduate) iv. Finance/Economics/ Commerce / Business Administration (CFA/Post graduate in Economics/Commerce/ Finance/Management, MBA) v. Law (Law Graduate/Post graduate) In case elected members do not possess prescribed qualifications/experience as above, the Board shall co-opt requisite number of professionals with such prescribed qualifications/ experiences as directors to ensure that there are Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 1. The person may preferably not be above 55 years of age at the time of appointment. 2. The person to be appointed as CEO shall be at least be a i. Graduate with CAIIB/DBF/Diploma Cooperative Business Management equivalent qualification or ii. Chartered /Cost Accountant, or iii. Post graduate in any discipline in or 3. The person shall have at least eight years work experience at the middle/senior level in the banking sector Senior/Middle level for the purpose shall be taken as the third level (scale/cadre) onwards (i.e. excluding the first two levels (Scales/Cadres) in the officer cadre), or as the highest two levels (Scales/cadres) below the level of CEO. 4. The Board of the bank in question/Selection Committee should also undertake a process of due diligence in respect of the person, relying on information to be obtained from him/her as in Annex-II, before appointment. Appointment of CEOs in Cooperative Banks. The Cooperative Societies Act of the State has been amended as required under the revival package for STCCS. One of the amended provisions in the CS Act requires that CEO of the SCB/DCCB be appointed by the Board of the Bank concerned, and by following among other things the fit and proper criteria prescribed by Reserve Bank of India. Depending upon whether the present incumbents fulfill the criteria or not, policies of their parent organization and most importantly the willingness of the Board to allow the present incumbents in their tenure despite the CEO fulfilling the prescribed criteria the following explanation is furnish to help the SCB/DCCB to tackle possible situations arising out of implementation of the criteria prescribed by RBI :1) As per the provision of the amended Act, the Board of DCCB/SCB under obligation to appoint the CEO who fulfills eligibility criteria prescribed by RBI. 2) The Board may take decision on existing on existing CEOs keeping in view the eligibility criteria prescribed by RBI and terms and conditions of appointment of existing CEOs. 3) If the present incumbent complies with the criteria prescribed by RBI and the bank wants to continue with the present CEO, the following would be required 4) (a) If the incumbent is an employee of the bank, no further action is necessary. (b) If the present incumbent is from the Government or another organization and the incumbent as well as the parent employer have no objections, then the Bank may ask the parent employer to depute the concerned person for a fixed tenure of not less than o3 years on a full time basis on compensation and any other terms and conditions for such deputation set by the Bank and the person be fully relieved from any other responsibilities by the parent employer. The person on deputation should not be repatriated unilaterally to the parent organization at the latter’s decision. If the present incumbent does not comply with the criteria prescribed by RBI but is an employee of the Bank itself, he may be offered voluntary retirement or another suitable position. The Bank need to appoint a new CEO complying with RBI criteria either as it’s employee or take a suitable person on deputation on conditions as indicated in 3(b) above. 5) If the present incumbent is on deputation from Government or another organization and does not comply with the RBI criteria or complies with RBI criteria but the concerned Bank does not want to continue with him, then the person may be repatriated and a new CEO fulfilling the RBI criteria appointed. 6) The Board may be advised that new CEO is posted before relieving the present CEO with a view to ensure smooth functioning of the Bank. An overlapping period for handling over the charge, as normally practiced, should be insisted. 7) There is no need to get the approval of the RBI/NABARD for the appointment of the CEOs. It is only to be ensured that CEOs fulfill the “Fit & Proper Criteria” prescribed by RBI. However, the names of the CEOs are to be reported to NABARD. A copy of the appointment letter may be endorsed to NABARD.