Govt. to infuse Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks

The government will soon infuse Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public sector banks including State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda (BoB), Punjab National Bank (PNB) for enhancing their capital and meeting global risk norms.

This is the first tranche of capital infusion for which the government had allocated Rs. 11,200 crore in the Budget for 2014-15.

Among the beneficiaries, largest public sector lender SBI leads the pack with a capitalisation of Rs. 2,970 crore, followed by BoB Rs. 1,260 crore, PNB Rs. 870 crore and Canara Bank Rs. 570 crore.

“Out of the current year’s budget, the Government of India has decided to infuse Rs. 6,990 crore in nine Public Sector Banks (PSBs) for which orders are being issued,” an official statement said.

This year, it said, the government has adopted new criteria in which the banks which are more efficient would be rewarded with extra capital so that they can further strengthen their position.

The capital infusion has been decided based on the performance of the bank. Better the performance higher will be the infusion.

“The methodology for arriving the amount to be infused in these banks has been based on efficiency parameters. First of all, weighted average of return on assets (ROA) for all PSBs for last three years put together was arrived at and all those who were above the average have been considered,” it said.

The second parameter that has been used is return on equity (ROE) for these banks for the last financial year.

Those who have performed better than average have been rewarded, it added.

Besides, Syndicate Bank will get Rs. 460 crore, Allahabad Bank Rs. 320 crore, Indian Bank Rs. 280 crore, Dena Bank Rs. 140 crore and Andhra Bank Rs. 120 crore.

The government is in the process of deciding on remaining Rs. 4,210 crore capital infusion. The entire fund infusion will be completed before March 31.

Public sector banks require equity capital of Rs. 2.4 lakh crore by 2018 to meet global Basel III norms on capital adequacy. For the current fiscal, the government has allocated Rs. 11,200 crore for bank capitalisation.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget speech had said that “to be in line with Basel-III norms there is a requirement to infuse Rs. 2,40,000 crore as equity by 2018 in our banks. To meet this huge capital requirement we need to raise additional resources to fulfil this obligation”.

While preserving the public ownership, the capital of these banks will be raised by increasing the shareholding of the people in a phased manner through the sale of shares largely through retail to common citizens of this country, the minister had said.

The government has infused Rs. 58,600 crore between 2011 and 2014 in the State-owned banks.

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