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Recapitalisation Aimed More At Reforming State-Run Banks: RBI Governor Urjit Patel

In October, government had announced a Rs 2.11 trillion capital infusion into the NPA-hit public sector banks over the next two years

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Recapitalisation Aimed More At Reforming State-Run Banks: RBI Governor Urjit Patel

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Mumbai: Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel said the planned Rs 2.11-trillion fund infusion for state-run banks is not only a recapitalisation package but to ensure that the seeds of boom-and-bust-lending cycle is not sown in future.

In October, government had announced a Rs 2.11- trillion capital infusion into the NPA-hit public sector banks over the next two years. Of this, Rs 1.35 trillion will be through recapitalisation bonds a small portion of which will also come from capital markets, and the remainder Rs 76,000 crore will come from the budgetary support.

"This will be reform and a recap package and not just a recap package, so as to ensure that this money is used to strengthen public sector banks' balance sheets and that we don't sow the seeds of the next boom and bust cycle of lending," Patel told reporters.

The Governor also said the central bank is working closely with the financial services department to finalise the extent of funding for each bank and the amount of recap bonds to be on banks' balance sheets as government's equity contribution.

He said the ecap plan will be differentiated across banks. "In particular, recapitalisation bonds will be front- loaded for banks that have managed their balance sheets more prudently and can use injected capital to lend, besides providing for legacy asset losses." Other banks will receive the government contribution based on their resolve and progress towards reform in a significant and time-bound manner such as becoming slim by adopting simpler, better-focused business strategies and also possibly non-core asset sales, Patel concluded.


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