Government to infuse Rs 48,239 crore into 12 State-run banks

Chennai: The Finance Ministry has announced that it will pump in Rs 48,239 crore in 12 public sector banks this fiscal year to help them maintain regulatory capital requirements and finance growth plans.

With this funding, the total amount of capital infusion would increase to Rs 1,00,958 crore of the planned recapitalisation of Rs 1.06 lakh crore for PSU banks for the current fiscal year, according to Financial Services Secretary, Rajiv Kumar.

The remaining Rs 5,000 crore capital infusion would be used as buffer for any contingency or growth capital for Bank of Baroda which is in the process of merging Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with itself.

“It (pending Rs 5000 crore) may be used for any contingency or for growth capital wherever it is necessary including amalgamated entity of Bank of Baroda,” Kumar said.

Corporation Bank is the biggest beneficiary of this round of capital infusion with Rs 9,086 crore of funding, followed by Allahabad Bank with Rs 6,896 crore.

Further, Rs 4,638 crore and Rs 205 crore will be provided to Bank of India and Bank of Maharashtra respectively. These banks have recently come out of the regulatory supervisory framework PCA of the RBI.

Kumar further said Punjab National Bank will get Rs 5,908 crore, Union Bank of India Rs 4,112 crore, Andhra Bank Rs 3,256 crore and Syndicate Bank Rs 1,603 crore.

The government will pump in Rs 12,535 crore in four other banks such as the Central Bank of India, United Bank, UCO Bank and Indian Overseas Bank, under PCA.

Explaining the rationale for giving higher capital to top two beneficiaries, Kumar said equipping these two better performing banks, currently under the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) supervision of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), would help meet requisite capital thresholds of 7.375 CET-1 ratio, 8.875 per cent Tier I ratio, 10.875 per cent of capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio (CRAR) and the net NPA ratio threshold of below six per cent.

The government in December had increased the outlay by Rs 41,000 crore for infusion in public sector banks. As a result, the total recapitalisation in the current fiscal year increased from Rs 65,000 crore to Rs 1.06 lakh crore.

Subsequently, the government infused Rs 28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through recapitalisation bonds.

NT Bureau