Federal Bank Ltd Directors Report.

To the Members of The Federal Bank Limited

Report on the Audit of the Standalone Financial Statements Opinion

We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of The Federal Bank Limited (‘the Bank), which comprise the standalone Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2021, the standalone Profit and Loss Account, the standalone Cash Flow statement for the year then ended and notes to the standalone financial statements, including a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information in which are included the Returns for the year ended on that date audited by the branch auditors of the Banks branches located across India.

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the aforesaid standalone financial statements give the information required by the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as well as the Companies Act, 2013 (‘the Act) in the manner so required for banking companies and give a true and fair view in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India, of the state of affairs of the Bank as at March 31, 2021, and its profit and its cash flows for the year ended on that date.

Basis for Opinion

We conducted our audit of the standalone financial statements in accordance with the Standards on Auditing (‘SAs) specified under section 143(10) of the Act. Our responsibilities under those

Standards are further described in the ‘Auditors Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Bank in accordance with the "Code of Ethics" issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the standalone financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the Rules thereunder, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the standalone financial statements.

Emphasis of Matter

We draw attention to Note No. 1.4.6(B)-7 of Schedule 18 to the Standalone financial statements regarding the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Banks operations and financial position, which will depend on various uncertain aspects including actions taken to mitigate the same and other regulatory measures.

Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.

Key Audit Matters

Key Audit Matters are those matters that, in our professional judgment, were of most significance in our audit of the standalone financial statements for the financial year ended March 31, 2021. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the standalone financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. For each matter below, our description of how our audit addressed the matter is provided in that context.

Description of Key Audit Matters

Key Audit Matters How our audit addressed the Key Audit Matters
Classification of Advances, Identification of Non-Performing Advances, Income Recognition and Provision on Advances (Schedule 9 read with Note 4.2 of Schedule 17 and Note 1.4 and Note 3.1 of Schedule 18 to the standalone financial statements)
(i) Advances include Bills purchased and discounted, Cash credits, Overdrafts, Loans repayable on demand and Term loans. These are further categorised as secured by Tangible assets (including advances against Book Debts), covered by Bank/Government Guarantees and Unsecured advances. Our audit approach / procedures towards Classification of Advances, Identification of Non-performing Advances, Income Recognition and Provision on Advances included the following:
- Understanding and considering the Banks accounting policies for NPA identification and provisioning and assessing compliance with the prudential norms prescribed by the RBI (IRACP Norms) including the additional provisions made on advances considering the current uncertain economic environment arising out of COVID 19 pandemic.
The Reserve Bank of India (‘RBI) has prescribed the ‘Prudential Norms on Income Recognition, Asset Classification and Provisioning in respect of advances for banks (‘IRACP Norms), including circulars in relation to COVID-19 Regulatory Package – Asset Classification and Provisioning. - Understanding, evaluation and testing the design and operating effectiveness of key controls (including application controls) for identification and provisioning of impaired accounts based on the extant guidelines on IRACP laid down by the RBI.
Key Audit Matters How our audit addressed the Key Audit Matters
The identification of performing and non- performing advances involves establishment of proper mechanism and the Bank is required to apply significant degree of judgement to identify and determine the amount of provision required against each non-performing asset (‘NPA) applying both quantitative as well as qualitative factors prescribed by the regulations. - Performing other procedures including substantive audit procedures covering the identification of NPAs by the Bank. These procedures included:
(a) Considering testing of the exception reports generated from the application systems where the advances have been recorded.
Significant judgements and estimates for NPA identification and provisioning could give rise to material misstatements on: (b) Considering the accounts reported by the Bank and other banks as Special Mention Accounts ("SMA") in RBIs central repository of information on large credits (CRILC) to identify stress.
- Completeness and timing of recognition of non-performing assets in accordance with criteria as per IRACP norms; (c) Reviewing account statements and other related information of the borrowers selected based on quantitative and qualitative risk factors
(d) Reading of minutes of management committee and credit committee meetings and performing inquiries with the credit and risk departments to ascertain if there were indicators of stress or an occurrence of an event of default in a loan account or any product
- Measurement of the provision for non- performing assets based on loan exposure, ageing and classification of the loan, realizable value of security; (e) Considering audit reports and memorandum of changes issued by statutory branch auditors.
- Appropriate reversal of unrealized income on the NPAs. (f) Considering Internal Audit, Systems Audit, Credit Audit and Concurrent Audit as per the policies and procedures of the Bank.
Further, due to the various COVID-19 pandemic restrictions imposed by the Government / Local Authorities during the period of our audit, audit could not be conducted by physically visiting the premises of certain Branches of the Bank. (g) Considering the RBI Annual Financial Inspection report on the Bank, the banks response to the observations and other communication with RBI during the year.
Accordingly, our audit procedures were required to be modified to carry out the audit remotely. (h) Examination of advances including stressed advances on a sample basis with respect to compliance with the RBI Master Circulars / Guidelines.
Since the classification of advances, identification of NPAs and creation of provision on advances (including additional provisions arising out of COVID-19 pandemic) and income recognition on advances: For Non- performing advances identified, we, based on factors including stressed sectors and account materiality, tested on a sample basis the asset classification dates, reversal of unrealized interest, value of available security and provisioning as per IRACP norms. We recomputed the provision for NPA after considering the key input factors and compared our measurement outcome to that prepared by management.
- Requires proper control mechanism and significant level of estimation by the Bank; Wherever physical access to branches was not possible due to restrictions arising from COVID-19 pandemic, we modified our audit procedures to cover review of sample advances based on scanned records/ reports/
- Has significant impact on the overall financial statements of the Bank; documents/ certificates made available to us by the Bank through digital medium, emails and remote access to CBS and other relevant application software over secure network of the Bank. To this extent, the audit process was carried out on the basis of such documents, reports and records made available to us which were relied upon as audit evidence for conducting the audit and reporting for the current period. These audit procedures were supplemented, where relevant, by gathering further evidence through enquiries and discussions with relevant Bank staff using Video Conferencing/ phone calls/ emails and similar communication channels.
- Could not be entirely covered through personal visits/ physical interaction with relevant branch staff as originally planned; we have ascertained this area as a Key Audit Matter.
Key Audit Matters How our audit addressed the Key Audit Matters
(ii) Valuation of Investments, Identification of and provisioning for Non-Performing Investments (Schedule 8 read with Note
4.1 of Schedule 17 to the standalone financial statements)
Investments include investments made by the Bank in various Government Securities, Bonds, Debentures, Shares, Security receipts and other approved securities. RBI Circulars and directives, inter-alia, cover valuation of investments, classification of investments, identification of non-performing investments, non-recognition of income and provisioning against non-performing investments. Our audit approach/procedures towards Investments with reference to the RBI Circulars/directives included the understanding of internal controls and substantive audit procedures in relation to valuation, classification, identification of non-performing investments (NPIs) and provisioning/ depreciation related to Investments. In particular -
- We evaluated and understood the Banks internal control system to comply with relevant RBI guidelines regarding valuation, classification, identification of NPIs, reversal of income on NPIs and provisioning/ depreciation related to investments;
The valuation of each category (type) of the aforesaid securities is to be done as per the method prescribed in circulars and directives issued by the RBI which involves collection of data/information from various sources such as FIMMDA rates, rates quoted on BSE/NSE, financial statements of unlisted companies etc. - We assessed and evaluated the process adopted for collection of information from various sources for determining market value of these investments;
- For the selected sample of investments in hand, we tested accuracy and compliance with the RBI Master Circulars and directions by re- performing valuation for each category of the security;
We identified valuation of investments and identification of NPI as a Key Audit Matter because of the management judgement involved in determining the value of certain investments (Bonds and Debentures, Pass-through certificates) based on applicable Regulatory guidelines and the Banks policies, impairment assessment for HTM book based on management judgement, the degree of regulatory focus and the overall significance to the financial results of the Bank. - We carried out substantive audit procedures to recompute independently the provision to be maintained in accordance with the circulars and directives of the RBI. Accordingly, we selected samples from the investments of each category and tested for NPIs as per the RBI guidelines and recomputed the provision to be maintained and if accrual of income is in accordance with the RBI Circular for those selected sample of NPIs;
- We tested the mapping of investments between the Investment application software and the financial statement preparation software to ensure compliance with the presentation and disclosure requirements as per the aforesaid RBI Circular/directions.
(iii) Information Technology (‘IT) Systems and Controls for financial reporting
The Banks key financial accounting and reporting processes are highly dependent on information systems including automated controls in systems, such that there exists a risk that gaps in the IT control environment could result in the financial accounting and reporting records being materially misstated. As a part of our audit procedures for review of the Banks IT systems and related controls for financial reporting:
- We tested the design and operating effectiveness of the Banks IT access controls over the information systems that are critical to financial reporting.
The Bank uses several systems for its overall financial reporting and there is a large volume of transactions being recorded at multiple locations daily. In addition, there are increasing challenges to protect the integrity of the Banks systems and data since cyber security has become a more significant risk in recent periods. Further, the prevailing COVID-19 situation, has caused the required IT applications to be made accessible on a remote basis. - We tested IT general controls (logical access, changes management and aspects of IT operational controls). This included testing that requests for access to systems were reviewed and authorised. We inspected requests of changes to systems for approval and authorisation. We considered the control environment relating to various interfaces, configuration and other application layer controls identified as key to our audit.
Key Audit Matters How our audit addressed the Key Audit Matters
Due to the pervasive nature and complexity of the IT environment as well as its importance in relation to accurate and timely financial reporting, we have identified this area as a Key Audit Matter. - In addition to the above, we tested the design and operating effectiveness of certain automated controls that were considered as key internal controls over financial reporting. Where deficiencies were identified, we sought explanations regarding compensating controls or performed alternate audit procedures. In addition, we understood where relevant, changes made to the IT landscape during the audit period and tested those changes that had a significant impact on financial reporting.
(iv) Assessment of Provisions and Contingent Liabilities (Refer note 4.13& 4.20 of Schedule 17 to the standalone financial statements)
Assessment of Provisions and Contingent liabilities in respect of certain litigations including Direct and Indirect Taxes, various claims filed by other parties not acknowledged as debt (Schedule 12 to the standalone financial statements) and various employee benefits schemes (Schedule 5 to the standalone financial statements) was identified as a significant audit area. Our audit approach / procedures involved:
- Obtaining an understanding of internal controls relevant to the identification of litigations and legal cases to be reported;
- Understanding the current status of the litigations/tax assessments;
- Examining recent orders and/or communication received from various tax authorities/ judicial forums and follow up action thereon;
There is high level of judgement involved in estimating the level of provisioning required as well as in the disclosure of both Provisions and Contingent Liabilities in respect of tax matters and other legal claims. The Banks assessment is supported by the facts of matter, their own judgment, past experience, and advice from legal and independent tax consultants wherever considered necessary. Accordingly, unexpected adverse outcomes may significantly impact the Banks reported profit and state of affairs presented in the Balance Sheet. - Evaluating the merit of the subject matter under consideration with reference to the grounds presented therein and available independent legal / tax advice including opinion of the Banks tax consultants;
- Review and analysis of evaluation of the contentions of the Bank through discussions, collection of details of the subject matter under consideration, the likely outcome and consequent potential outflows on those issues; and
- Testing the design and operating effectiveness of key controls over the completeness and accuracy of the data, the measurement of the fair value of the schemes assets, understanding the judgements made in determining the assumptions used by management to value the employee liabilities with specific schemes and market practice.
The valuations of the employee benefit liabilities are calculated with reference to multiple actuarial assumptions and inputs including discount rate, rate of inflation and mortality rates. The valuation of funded assets in respect of the same is also sensitive to changes in the assumptions. - Our audit procedures included an assessment of the assumptions used by the actuary by comparing life expectancy assumptions with relevant mortality tables, benchmarking inflation and discount rates against external market data. We verified the value of plan assets to the statements provided by asset management companies managing the plan assets.
We determined the above area as a Key Audit Matter in view of associated uncertainty relating to the outcome of the matters which requires application of judgment in interpretation of law, circumstances of each case and estimates involved. - Verification of disclosures related to significant litigations, taxation matters and Employee benefits liabilities in the standalone financial statements.

Information other than the standalone Financial Statements and Auditors Report Thereon

The Banks Board of Directors is responsible for the other information. The other information comprises the information included in the Annual Report, but does not include the standalone financial statements and our auditors report thereon. The Banks annual report is expected to be made available to us after the date of this auditors report.

Our opinion on the standalone financial statements does not cover the other information and we will not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the standalone financial statements, our responsibility is to read the other information when it becomes available and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the standalone financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. When we read the Banks annual report, if we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to communicate the matter to those charged with governance.

Responsibilities of Management and Those Charged with Governance for the standalone Financial Statements

The Banks Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in section 134(5) of the Act, with respect to the preparation of these standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance and cash flows of the Bank in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the Accounting Standards specified under section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014 in so far as they apply to the Bank and provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and circulars and guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India (‘RBI) from time to time. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Bank and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the standalone financial statements, Management and Board of Directors are responsible for assessing the Banks ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the Bank or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.

Those Board of Directors are also responsible for overseeing the Banks financial reporting process.

Auditors Responsibilities for the audit of the standalone Financial Statements

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the standalone financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditors report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with SAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these standalone financial statements.

As part of an audit in accordance with SAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also:

Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the standalone financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.

Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section 143(3)(i) of the Act, we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether the Bank has adequate internal financial controls system with reference to standalone financial statements in place and the operating effectiveness of such controls.

Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures in the standalone financial statements made by management.

Conclude on the appropriateness of managements use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the Banks ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditors report to the related disclosures in the standalone financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditors report. However, future events or conditions may cause the Bank to cease to continue as a going concern.

Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the standalone financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the standalone financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.

We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most significance in the audit of the standalone financial statements for the financial year ended March 31, 2021 and are therefore the key audit matters. We describe these matters in our auditors report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.

Other Matters i. We did not audit the financial statements of 614 branches included in the standalone financial statements of the Bank whose financial statements reflect total assets of Rs.84157 crores as at March 31, 2021 and total revenue of Rs.3755 crores for the year ended on that date, as considered in the standalone financial statements. The financial statements of these branches have been audited by branch auditors whose reports have been furnished to us, and our opinion in so far as it relates to the amounts and disclosures included in respect of these branches, is based solely on the reports of such branch auditors. ii. The standalone financial statements of the Bank for the year ended March 31, 2020 were audited by predecessor auditors whose report dated May 28, 2020 expressed an unmodified opinion on those standalone financial statements.

Our opinion is not modified in respect of the above matters.

Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

The standalone Balance Sheet and the standalone Profit and Loss Account have been drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.

As required by sub-section (3) of section 30 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, we report that:

(a) we have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purpose of our audit and have found them to be satisfactory; (b) the transactions of the Bank, which have come to our notice, have been within the powers of the Bank; and (c) the returns received from the offices and branches of the Bank have been found adequate for the purposes of our audit.

Further, as required by section 143(3) of the Act, we report that: a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit; b) In our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Bank so far as it appears from our examination of those books and proper returns adequate for the purposes of our audit have been received from branches not visited by us; c) The reports on the accounts of the branch offices of the bank audited under section 143(8) of the Act by branch auditors of the Bank have been sent to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report; d) The standalone Balance Sheet, the standalone Profit and Loss Account, the standalone Cash Flow Statement dealt with by this report are in agreement with the books of account and with the returns received from the branches not visited by us; e) In our opinion, the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, to the extent they are not inconsistent with the accounting policies prescribed by RBI; f) On the basis of written representations received from the directors as on March 31, 2021 and taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors is disqualified as on March 31, 2021 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act; g) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the Bank with reference to these standalone financial statements and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in "Annexure A" to this report; h) In our opinion, the entity being a banking company, the remuneration to its directors during the year ended March 31, 2021 has been paid/provided by the Bank in accordance with the provisions of section 35B (1) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, and; i) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules, 2014, as amended, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us: i. The Bank has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position in its standalone financial statements - Refer Schedule 12 and Note No 4.7 under Schedule 18 to the standalone financial statements; ii. The Bank has made provision, as required under the applicable law or accounting standards, for material foreseeable losses, if any, on long term contracts including derivative contracts - Refer Note 4.12 under Schedule 18 to the standalone financial statements; and iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Bank.

For Varma & Varma For Borkar & Muzumdar
Chartered Accountants Chartered Accountants
FRN: 004532S FRN: 101569W
R Rajasekharan Devang Vaghani
Partner Partner
M. No.22703 M. No. 109386
UDIN:21022703AAAAAF3064 UDIN: 21109386AAAAEV9122
Kochi-19 Mumbai-55
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

ANNEXURE A TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS REPORT OF EVEN DATE ON THE STANDALONE FINANCIAL STATEMENTSOF THE FEDERAL BANK LIMITED

Report on the Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting with reference to standalone financial statements under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 ("the Act")

We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting with reference to standalone financial statements of The Federal Bank Limited (‘the Bank) as at March 31, 2021 in conjunction with our audit of the standalone financial statements of the Bank for the year ended on that date.

Managements Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting

The Banks Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining internal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Bank considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India . These responsibilities include the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficient conduct of its business, including adherence to Banks policies, the safeguarding of its assets, the prevention and detection of frauds and errors, the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, and the timely preparation of reliable financial information, as required under the Companies Act, 2013.

Auditors Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Banks internal financial controls over financial reporting based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting (‘the Guidance Note) and the Standards on Auditing as specified under section 143 (10 ) of the Companies Act, 2013 to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls, both applicable to an audit of internal financial controls and both issued by the Institute of Chartered

Accountants of India. Those Standards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internal financial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if such controls operated effectively in all material respects.

Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy of the internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operating effectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The procedures selected depend on the auditors judgement, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion on the Banks internal financial controls system over financial reporting.

Meaning of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

A banks internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A banks internal financial control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the bank; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the bank are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the bank; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the banks assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Inherent Limitations of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

Because of the inherent limitations of internal financial controls over financial reporting with reference to financial statements, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected. Also, projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial control over financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

In our opinion, the Bank has, in all material respects, an adequate internal financial controls system over financial reporting with reference to financial statements and such internal financial controls over financial reporting were operating effectively as at March 31, 2021, based on the internal control over financial reporting criteria established by the Bank considering the essential components of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Other Matters

Our aforesaid report in so far as it relates to the operating effectiveness of internal financial controls over financial reporting of 614 branches is based on the corresponding reports of the respective branch auditors of those branches.

Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.

For Varma & Varma For Borkar & Muzumdar
Chartered Accountants Chartered Accountants
FRN: 004532S FRN: 101569W
R Rajasekharan Devang Vaghani
Partner Partner
M. No.22703 M. No. 109386
UDIN: 21022703AAAAAF3064 UDIN: 21109386AAAAEV9122
Kochi-19 Mumbai-55
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021