RBI allows banks to pay dividends for Financial Year ended March 31 2021. Read norms

RBI allows declaration and payment of dividends by banks for financial year ended March 31 2021.

Declaration / Payment of dividends by banks allowed by RBI

Earlier, In December 2020 RBI had forbidden banks to make dividend payment for financial year ended March 31 2020.

However, RBI has allowed banks to pay dividend on equity shares. It has also reviewed the dividend declaration norms for the year ended March 31, 2021. 

In view of the continuing uncertainty caused by the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 in the country, it is crucial that banks remain resilient and proactively raise and conserve capital as a bulwark against unexpected losses, said the RBI

Dividend declaration norms for banks for year ended March 31 2021.

Commercial Banks

In partial modification of the instructions contained in circular DBOD.NO.BP.BC.88/21.02.067/2004-05 dated May 4, 2005, banks may pay dividend on equity shares from the profits for the financial year ended March 31, 2021, subject to the quantum of dividend being not more than fifty percent of the amount determined as per the dividend payout ratio prescribed in paragraph 4 of the said circular. Other instructions in the circular dated May 4, 2005 shall remain unchanged.

Cooperative Banks

Cooperative banks shall be permitted to pay dividend on equity shares from the profits of the financial year ended March 31, 2021 as per the extant instructions.


All banks shall continue to meet the applicable minimum regulatory capital requirements after dividend payment. While declaring dividend on equity shares, it shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to inter-alia consider the current and projected capital position of the bank vis-à-vis the applicable capital requirements and the adequacy of provisions, taking into account the economic environment and the outlook for profitability.

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