New Delhi: The Ministry of Finance today allocated Rs 22,915 crore capital to as many as thirteen public sector banks including SBI, PNB and IOB to give a boost to their lending operations and ensure they step up credit.
With this first tranche of capital infusion for the fiscal, the ministry promised more funds in future depending upon the performance of PSU banks.
"75 per cent of the amount... is being released now to provide liquidity support for lending operations as also to enable banks to raise funds from the market. The remaining amount, to be released later, (will be) linked to performance with particular reference to greater efficiency, growth of both credit and deposits and reduction in the cost of operations," the statement said.
Out of the Rs 22,915 crore, State Bank of India (SBI) received Rs 7,575 crore followed by Indian Overseas Bank (Rs 3,101 crore) and Punjab National Bank (Rs 2,816 crore).
The other lenders, which have received capital infusion are Bank of India (Rs 1,784 crore), Central Bank of India (Rs 1,729 crore), Syndicate Bank (Rs 1,034 crore), UCO Bank (Rs 1,033 crore), Canara Bank (Rs 997 crore), United Bank of India (Rs 810 crore), Union Bank of India (Rs 721 crore), Corporation Bank (Rs 677 crore), Dena Bank (Rs 594 crore) and Allahabad Bank (Rs 44 crore).
The capital infusion exercise for the current fiscal is based on an assessment of need as assessed from the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of credit growth for the last five years, banks' own projections of credit growth and an objective assessment of the potential for growth of each PSBs, the ministry said.
Shares of PSU banks jumped after the capital infusionplan. SBI shares rose 0.92 per cent to Rs 230.70, PNB gained 1.24 per cent to Rs 134.15.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2016-17 had proposed to allocate Rs 25,000 crore towards recapitalisation of PSU banks. "If additional capital is required by these banks, we will find the resources for doing so. We stand solidly behind these Banks," he had said.
Under Indradhanush roadmap announced by the government last year, government will infuse Rs 70,000 crore in state banks over four years while they will have to raise a further Rs 1.1 lakh crore from the markets to meet their capital requirements in line with global risk norms Basel-III.
In line with the blueprint, PSU banks are to get Rs 25,000 crore each in 2015-16 and 2016-17 fiscal. Besides, Rs 10,000 crore each would be infused in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
(With PTI inputs)