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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS’ REPORT
To the Members of Punjab National Bank
Report on the Financial Statements
1. We have audited the accompanying Standalone financial statements of Punjab National Bank (the ‘Bank’) as at March 31, 2016, which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 31, 2016, and Profit and Loss Account and the Cash Flow statement for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. Incorporated in these financial statements are the returns of 20 branches, Treasury Division and 36 other offices audited by us,3378 branches audited by Statutory Branch Auditors (including 1 off–shore banking unit and 76 other offices/ centers) and 3 foreign branches audited by local auditors in respective countries. The branches audited by us and those audited by other auditors have been selected by the Bank in accordance with the guidelines issued to the Bank by the Reserve Bank of India. Also incorporated in the Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account are the returns from 3459 branches, 109 other offices of the Bank, which have not been subjected to audit. These unaudited branches and offices account for 5.71% per cent of advances, 23.01 per cent of deposits, 6.34% per cent of interest income and 24.16 per cent of interest expenses.
Management’s Responsibility for the Standalone Financial Statements
2. Management is responsible for the preparation of these financial statements in accordance with the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, accounting principles generally accepted in India alongwith recognition and measurement principles laid down in the Accounting Standards issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India so far as they are applicable to the Bank and Reserve Bank of India guidelines from time to time. This responsibility includes the design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
3. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with the Standards on Auditing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Those Standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
4. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors’judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the Bank’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Bank’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of the accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
5– We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.
6. In our opinion, as shown by books of bank, and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:
(v) the Balance Sheet, read with the notes thereon is a full and fair Balance Sheet containing all the necessary particulars, is properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and fair view of state of affairs of the Bank as at March 31, 2016 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India;
(vi) the Profit and Loss Account, read with the notes thereon shows a true balance of loss, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India, for the year covered by the account; and
(vii) the Cash Flow Statement gives a true and fair view of the cash flows for the year ended on that date.
Emphasis of Matter
7. Without qualifying our opinion, we draw attention to note 15 of Schedule 18 ‘Notes to Accounts’Note regarding change in valuation of Plan Assets of long–term benefits from Book Value to Fair Value, resulting in increase in the value of Plan Assets by Rs.388.07 crores in respect of Pension Fund and by Rs.53.08 crores in respect of Gratuity Fund in terms of Accounting Standard – 15 “Employee Benefits”.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
8. The Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss Account have been drawn up in accordance with Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
9. Subject to the limitations of the audit indicated in paragraph 1 to 5 above and as required by the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970, and subject also to the limitations of disclosure required therein, we report that:
(a) We have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purposes of our audit and have found them to be satisfactory;
(b) The transactions of the Bank, which have come to our notice, have been within the powers of the Bank; and
(c) The returns received from the offices and branches of the Bank have been found adequate for the purposes of our audit.
10. We further report that:
(a) the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss account dealt with by this report are in agreement with the books of account and returns;
(b) the reports on the accounts of the branch offices audited by branch auditors of the Bank under section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 have been sent to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report;
(c) In our opinion, the Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Account and Cash Flow Statement comply with the applicable accounting standards.
FOR SHAH GUPTA & CO.
HENEEL K PATEL
FOR CHHAJED & DOSHI
FIRM REGN.NO. 101794W
KIRAN K DAFTARY
FOR R. DEVENDRA KUMAR & ASSOCIATES
FIRM REGN.NO. 114207W
FOR HEM SANDEEP & CO.
FOR SURI & CO.
FOR SPMG & CO.
MANDEEP SINGH ARORA
Place: New Delhi
Date: May 18, 2016