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Govt to invest Rs 420 bn in PSU banks by March; next tranche in Dec: FinMin

The government announced the Rs 2.11-trillion capital infusion programme in October last year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The government will infuse Rs 420 billion in the state-owned banks by March-end and the next tranche would be released as early as next month, a senior official said Monday.

The government earlier this year pumped Rs 113.36 billion in five PSBs -- PNB, Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, and Corporation Bank -- to improve their financial health.

"We will infuse the next tranche of by mid-December. Close to Rs 420 billion remain to be infused as capital in in the current financial year," the official said.

He said that large PSBs such as and (PNB) may not need more in the current financial year ending March 2019.

"Some big state-owned banks like SBI and PNB may not need further from the government in 2018-19. PNB has already received regulatory capital twice so far," the official said.

State-owned banks will need less capital to meet their capital adequacy norms, as the last week decided to defer the deadline for them to meet the global norms or Basel-III requirement by a year till March 2020.

The Board last week, while deciding to retain the capital adequacy requirement for banks at 9 per cent, agreed to extend the transition period for implementing the last tranche of 0.625 per cent under the capital conservation buffer (CCB) by one year up to March 31, 2020.

Rating agency Moody's Investors Service had last week said the decision of the board to extend the timeline for banks to implement is 'credit negative' for PSBs.

The government announced the Rs 2.11-trillion programme in October last year. According to the plan, the PSBs were to get Rs 1.35 trillion through bonds, and the balance Rs 580 billion through the raising of capital from the market.

Out of the Rs 1.35 trillion, the government has already infused about Rs 820 billion through the bonds.

First Published: Mon, November 26 2018. 15:00 IST
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