Q. In India, the central bank’s function as the lender of last resort’ usually refers to which of the following?
1. Lending to trade and industry bodies when they fail to borrow from other sources
2. Providing liquidity to the banks having a temporary crisis
3. Lending to governments to finance budgetary deficits
Select the correct answer using the code given below.

[A] 1 and 2

[B] 2 only

[C] 2 and 3

[D] 3 only

Answer: B
Notes:

Why this Question) Basic economy concept. Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank crisis, rising NPAs of banks. 

Ans) b 

Exp) Option b is correct. 

A lender of last resort is an institution, usually a country’scentral bank, that offers loans to banks or other eligible institutions that are experiencing financial difficulty or are considered highly risky or near collapse. 

The lender of last resort functions to protect individuals who have deposited funds and to prevent customers from withdrawing out of panic from banks with temporary limitedliquidity. Commercial banks usually try not to borrow from the lender of last resort because such action indicates that the bank is experiencing a financial crisis. 

Source:  Lender of Last Resort Definition (investopedia.com) 

Subject) Economics