Public banks to get Rs88,000 crore aid from Centre

Bengaluru: A man counting new Rs 100 currency notes in exchange of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at a bank counter in Bengaluru on Nov 10, 2016. (Photo: IANS)The public sector banks (PSBs) will get Rs. 88,000 crore infusion as capital from the Centre in this financial year, which include Rs. 80,000 crore through recapitalisation bonds and Rs. 8,139 crore as budgetary support.

The move seeks to address the regulatory capital requirement of all PSBs and provide a significant amount towards growth capital for increasing lending to the economy, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

“We are setting up an institutional mechanism to ensure what has happened in the past is not repeated. It is the government’s responsibility to keep state-run banks in good health and ensure they follow the highest standards of corporate governance,” the minister said.

Financial Services Secretary Rajeev Kumar reportedly said that banks would have to first accept and adopt the reforms package finalised by the Finance Ministry, which is aimed at six themes of customer responsiveness, responsible banking, credit offtake, PSBs as Udyami Mitra, deepening financial inclusion & digitalisation and developing personnel for brand PSB.

“PSU banks will have to revamp their lending practices, especially in advancing loans to big businesses and in consortium lending, monetize non-core assets, rationalize overseas branches, embrace technology and move to recover loans that have turned bad,” he said.

The recapitalisation bonds will be non SLR status and non-tradeable. They will be issued in six tranches with a tenure of 10-15 years, said Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, adding that they will be a cash neutral arrangement and so will not impact the Centre’s fiscal deficit.

However, servicing the bonds would reflect in the future liability of the union government, Garg reportedly said.

IDBI Bank Ltd and Bank of India, which have been placed under prompt corrective action (PCA) by Reserve Bank of India, will receive the highest capital infusion from the government at Rs10,610 crore and Rs9,232 crore, respectively.

Banks hope that the capital infusion will help in funding growth and meeting regulatory requirements. The assistance, according to them, has been allocated based on the provisioning requirement for bad loans and the board-approved growth policy that has been shared with the government.

The PSU banks and their capital infusion

IDBI Bank Ltd: Rs10,610 crore

State Bank of India: Rs8,800 crore

Bank of India: Rs9,232 crore

UCO Bank: Rs6,507 crore

Punjab National Bank: Rs5,473 crore

Bank of Baroda: Rs5,375 crore

Central Bank of India: Rs5,158 crore

Canara Bank: Rs4,865 crore

Indian Overseas Bank: Rs4,694 crore

Union Bank of India: Rs4,524 crore

Oriental Bank of Commerce: Rs3,571 crore

Dena Bank: Rs3,045 crore

Bank of Maharashtra: Rs3,173 crore

United Bank of India: Rs2,634 crore

Corporation Bank: Rs2,187 crore

Syndicate Bank: Rs2,839 crore

Andhra Bank: Rs1,890 crore

Allahabad Bank: Rs1,500 crore

Punjab and Sind Bank: Rs785 crore