Home / Industry / Bank recapitalisation plan: Govt to infuse Rs7,577 crore in 6 weak PSU banks

New Delhi: The finance ministry has approved a proposal to infuse Rs7,577 crore in six weak public sector banks (PSBs) as part of the recapitalisation plan to bolster capital adequacy ratio.

All these banks, which got capital support, are under prompt corrective action of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The funding comes under Indradhanush plan of the government which promised Rs70,000 crore over period of four years ending March 2019.

Lenders, which will receive capital through preferential issue of shares, include Bank of India, IDBI Bank and UCO Bank. The actual fund infusion will take place in the next few weeks after they get necessary regulatory approval, including nod from shareholders.

Kolkata-based UCO Bank on Wednesday said its board has approved a proposal to issue equity shares on preferential basis to the government against capital contribution of Rs1,375 crore, subject to necessary approval.

Besides, Central Bank of India said the capital raising committee of the board approved raising of equity capital by allotting up to 3.88 crore shares at the issue price of Rs83.15 per unit aggregating to Rs323 crore.

At the same time, the government has decided to infuse Rs2,257 crore in the Bank of India, Rs2,729 crore in IDBI Bank, Rs650 crore in Bank of Maharashtra, and Rs243 crore in Dena Bank.

While the government decides the mode for recapitalisation of all state-run banks, it advanced the release of funds to these six banks to help them meet their equity requirements and enable them to resume normal business and help them come out of prompt corrective action.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley in October had announced an unprecedented Rs2.11 trillion two-year road map to strengthen PSBs, reeling under high non performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans. Their NPAs have increased to Rs7.33 trillion as of June 2017, from Rs2.75 trillion in March 2015. The plan includes floating re-capitalisation bonds of Rs1.35 trillion and raising Rs58,000 crore from the market by diluting government’s stake.

The government is working on the modalities for issuing the recapitalisation bonds as it aims to front-load the infusion with an aim to strengthen the state-owned banking sector, sources said, adding that the announcement in this respect, including detailed guidelines, will be made during this month.

Jaitley had also announced that banks would get about Rs18,000 crore under the Indradhanush plan over the next two years. Under the Indradhanush road map announced in 2015, the government had announced infusion of Rs70,000 crore in state- owned banks over four years, while they will have to raise a further Rs1.1 trillion from the market to meet their capital requirement in line with global risk norms, known as Basel-III.

In the last three-and-a-half years, the government pumped Rs51,858 crore capital in the PSBs. The remaining Rs18,142 crore will be injected into the banks over the next two years.

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