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Among the nationalised banks, Punjab National Bank topped the chart with 143 non-performing asset (NPA) accounts carrying over Rs 1 billion each. They collectively owed the Delhi-headquartered bank Rs 459.73 billion.
Gross non-performing assets of state-owned banks stood at Rs 7.34 trillion by the end of second quarter this fiscal.
The RBI has issued directions to certain banks for referring 12 accounts, with fund and non-fund based outstanding amount greater than Rs 50 billion and with 60 per cent or more classified as non-performing as of March 31, 2016, to initiate insolvency process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
Rising NPAs have curtailed the lending capacity of state-owned banks as they have make extra provisions for bad loans.
In order to strengthen them, the government has come out with a Rs 2.12 trillion recapitalisation plan and has already taken nod of Parliament to pump in Rs 800 billion through recapitalisation bonds in the current fiscal ending March, 2018.