Dr.S.Thangamani, R.Lavanya, Mrs.B.Ramya, Dr.P.Subbulakshmi, Mrs.K.Srimathi


Small Finance Banks (SFBs) in India have emerged as pivotal institutions driving financial inclusion and fostering economic empowerment, particularly among underserved and marginalized segments of society. This abstract delves into the role and significance of SFBs in the Indian financial landscape. SFBs, conceptualized under the Reserve Bank of India's guidelines, are designed to cater to the banking needs of small businesses, micro and small industries, unorganized sectors, low-income households, and other sections traditionally excluded from mainstream banking services. Since their inception, SFBs have played a crucial role in extending formal financial services to the unbanked and underbanked population, thereby fostering inclusive growth and development. This paper examines the distinctive features of SFBs, including their focus on microfinance, priority sector lending, and technology-driven banking solutions tailored to the needs of their target customer base. Furthermore, it analyzes the regulatory framework governing SFBs, highlighting the regulatory flexibility granted to them to promote innovation and financial inclusion. Through a comprehensive review of literature and empirical evidence, this abstract elucidates the impact of SFBs on financial access, income generation, and poverty alleviation. It also discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by SFBs in scaling their operations, ensuring sustainability, and maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements. In conclusion, this abstract underscores the transformative potential of SFBs in advancing financial inclusion, reducing inequality, and fostering sustainable development in India. It emphasizes the need for continued policy support, innovation, and collaboration among stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of SFBs on the economy and society.

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