New Delhi: Not all banks will be eligible for capital support of the government this fiscal, but those who have performed relatively better and need capital most will be considered for fund infusion, people aware of the development said.
It is not necessary that all banks will be issued recapitalisation bonds in the first tranche, but the money will be given depending on fulfilment of various parameters, including reforms undertaken, a senior official said.
Capital infusion would be contingent upon performance, reforms undertaken and future road map, official said. The quantum of the capital infusion during the current fiscal would be known after Parliament will give nod for this, the official said, adding that the government is yet to decide on Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) status for recapitalisation bonds.
The SLR status will ensure tradeability of bonds. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in October had announced an unprecedented Rs2.11 lakh crore two-year road map to strengthen public sector banks, reeling under high non performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans. Their NPAs have increased to Rs7.33 lakh crore as of June 2017, from Rs2.75 lakh crore in March 2015. The plan includes floating re-capitalisation bonds of Rs1.35 lakh crore and raising Rs58,000 crore from the market by diluting government’s stake.
The government equity, as per the current policy, can come down to 52% in state-owned banks. 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 lakh crore 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 in Rs51,858 crore capital in the PSBs. The remaining Rs18,142 crore will be injected into the banks over the next two years.