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Bandhan Bank-Gruh Finance merger to give a big push to affordable housing

Bandhan Bank's merger with Gruh Finance would reduce the non-operative promoter Bandhan Financial Holding to 61% from 80%

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Bandhan Bank

Private sector is expecting to give a big push to the sector after completion of its merger with Gruh Finance, its MD and Chandra Ghosh said.

Ghosh told reporters here on Thursday said that the merger process, which has already got the approval from the of India (RBI), was expected to be completed by December.

"We have got the approval from the RBI. Now we are awaiting permission from the SEBI after which we will approach the NCLT", Ghosh said on the sidelines of a branch opening at Burrabazar in north Kolkata.

He said "the entire process is expected to be over by the end of this year, after which the bank will give a big push to the sector".

Bank's merger with would reduce the non-operative promoter Financial Holding to 61 per cent from 80 per cent. "Ultimately it will go down to 40 per cent for which there is a good plan ", he added.

Ghosh said that there was a good demand for with the demand pegged at two crore units.

Last week, the bank had got the approval for opening 25 more branches, Ghosh said.

"Out of that we are opening eight by March 31. The remaining will be opened in the next financial year", he said.

With the Burrabazar branch, the bank's total number of branches stood at 986, he said, adding that the Bandhan's deposits touched Rs 34,639 crore and loan book at Rs 35,599 crore.

Ghosh said that the bank's NPA stood less than 0.7 per cent of advances.

Regarding Gruh Finance, he said its activity so far was concentrated to the states of and

"We plan to expand the activities to other states also", he said.

First Published: Thu, March 28 2019. 13:30 IST