Government’s Approval to Inject Rs.12,512 Crore in PSBs

The government on Thursday approved a proposal to inject Rs.12,517 crore in public sector banks to help them enhance the lending activity and meet the capital adequacy norms and about 9-10 public sector banks will benefit from the capital infusion programme, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told  after the meeting of the Cabinet.

The amount of capital infusion and the terms and conditions would be decided after consultation with each bank, he said, adding that the exercise was aimed at helping them meet stricter Basel-III norms relating to capital adequacy.

The funds would be disbursed before March to these public sector banks. The government had already earmarked the amount in the Budget for the current fiscal.

The government has been infusing funds in the public sector banks in the last couple of years to strengthen their finances.It has injected about Rs 32,000 crore in the previous two financial years. During 2011-12, public sector banks got Rs 12,000 crore for improving their capital adequacy ratio and in 2010-11 PSBs got Rs 20,157 crore to maintain tier I capital at 8% and increase government’s equity in some banks to 58%.

Capital infusion is based on an assessment made by the Finance Ministry about the capital needs of public sector banks for meeting Basel III norms, to be complied with in a phased manner, ending by March 2018.The implementation of the capital adequacy guidelines based on the Basel III capital regulations was to begin from January 1, 2013. However, RBI recently deferred it by another three months.