PSB privatisation: NPA hive-off, staff transfers being considered


The authorities might hive off the non-performing loans of the 2 public sector banks which might be to be chosen for privatisation and switch a few of their staff to different state-run lenders in a bid to make them engaging for consumers.

The authorities is prone to think about solely banks that weren’t a part of the current consolidation, which might exclude Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and State Bank of India from the privatisation course of. “We could clean up the balance sheet and then offer the bank for sale, if it would get better valuations… All options are open,” a senior authorities official mentioned.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned within the funds for FY22 that the federal government intends to privatise two public sector banks and one state-run common insurer within the subsequent monetary yr.

The finance ministry is prone to maintain discussions with Niti Aayog over the subsequent 10 days to determine the candidates for privatisation.

The authorities will then start the groundwork for the method, which can embody authorized modifications and discussions with the Reserve Bank of India on the standards for potential consumers.

An RBI working group had steered in November that giant company homes must be allowed to personal banks by amending the Banking Regulation Act.


Workers’ Interest

The pursuits of staff may even be considered they usually may very well be supplied the choice to shift to a different PSB earlier than privatisation.

Sitharaman advised ET in an interview printed on February 13 that the pursuits of all sections together with staff could be safeguarded. “We obviously have to negotiate with those bidders to see that the workers’ interests are safeguarded, not just for today but also if the commitment is to ensure that their pensions will be paid, it will be definitely something which I will have to keep in mind… We will have to talk with everybody,” she had mentioned.

Non-consolidation candidates most popular

Banks that had been a part of the consolidation train shall be doubtless be excluded from the privatisation course of as they’re nonetheless managing integration points and privatising them would add to complexity.

“Consolidation exercise is carried out at various levels including branches, ATMs, people, business, software,” the official mentioned, including that the method was not full in some circumstances due to the disruption brought on by Covid-19.

The authorities introduced the merger of 10 public sector banks into 4 large ones in August 2019, bringing down the variety of PSBs within the nation to 12 from 27.

Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India had been merged into Punjab National Bank; Syndicate Bank was merged with Canara Bank; Indian Bank with Allahabad Bank, and Union Bank of India with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank.

Of the 12 PSBS, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India and UCO Bank are below the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action framework, a set of pointers for lenders that develop into undercapitalised attributable to poor asset high quality or turned susceptible attributable to lack of profitability.

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