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RBI transfers entire stake in SBI to govt

RBI transfers entire stake in SBI to govt


Mumbai: The government on 29 June picked up Reserve Bank’s entire 59.7% stake in the country’s largest lender State Bank of India.

“The entire shareholding of Reserve Bank aggregating 314.3 million shares with face value of Rs10 each in SBI was transferred to the Central Government today," SBI informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The deal was carried out on the last day of the RBI financial closure and shares of the SBI ended at Rs1,525.30, up Rs54.95 or 3.74%, on the BSE.

Earlier, SBI had informed the bourses that the Centre would pick up 314.3 million equity shares on 29 June for a cash payment of Rs35,531.33 crore.

The Government had promulgated SBI Amendment Ordinance 2007 on 21 June to amend State Bank of India Act, 1955 for buying RBI’s entire shareholding in the bank. The move to buy RBI’s stake is aimed at enabling the central bank to concentrate on its core function of banking regulator.

In Mumbai, SBI chairman O P Bhatt had earlier said that government equity would be brought down to 51% once necessary transfers of RBI’s share in SBI to the government are completed.

The deal will not have revenue implications for the government since RBI is expected to transfer the surplus to the Centre during the first half of August.

RBI’s proposal for transferring its entire shareholding in SBI to the government was approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held on 1 February.

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