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Govt approves second tranche of capital infusion in PSU banks

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New Delhi: The government has approved the second tranche of capital infusion in public sector banks to enhance their capital base.

In a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges, Dena Bank said it “has received a communication from government of India vide its letter... dated 16 March, 2017, informing inter alia capital allocation of Rs600 crore as part of turnaround linked infusion plan.”

Kolkata-based United Bank of India too said it has received a communication from the central government regarding the capital allocation of Rs418 crore as part of turnaround linked capital infusion plan.

The proposal for allotment of equity shares of face value of Rs10 each at a premium to the President of India acting on behalf of the central government by way of preferential allotment will be taken up at the board meeting on 27 March, the bank said.

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Dena Bank said, “The board approval for raising of the capital of the bank through the issue of equity shares to government of India, LIC of India and GIC of India on preferential basis, is being obtained.”

The second round of funding entailing about Rs8,000 crore is based on strict parameters. The government has already announced fund infusion of Rs22,915 crore, out of the Rs25,000 crore earmarked for 13 PSBs for the current fiscal. Of this, 75% has already been released to them.

The first tranche was announced in July with the objective of enhancing their lending operations and enabling them to raise more money from the market. Under Indradhanush roadmap announced last year, the government will infuse Rs70,000 crore in state banks over four years while they will have to raise further Rs1.1 lakh crore from the markets to meet their capital requirements in line with global risk norms Basel-III.

PSBs are to get Rs25,000 crore in each fiscal, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Besides, Rs10,000 crore each would be infused in 2017-18 and 2018-19. In the budget 2017-18 speech on 1 February, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced capital infusion of Rs10,000 crore for the next fiscal beginning 1 April.

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