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Govt sets ball rolling for bank recapitalisation, notifies bonds

Author: IANS/Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Categories: Government

Govt sets ball rolling for bank recapitalisation, notifies bonds

New Delhi, Jan 30 - The government has notified the recapitalisation bonds that will allocate Rs 80,000 crore to 20 state-run banks stressed with the burden of accumulated non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans.

The bonds, split into six instalments, will bear interest rates between 7.35% and 7.68% and will mature between 2028 and 2033, according to a Finance Ministry notification issued on January 29. 

"The special securities will be issued in the form of 'stock' to be held at credit of the investing bank's Subsidiary General Ledger Account maintained with the Public Debt Office, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai," it said.

The State Bank of India (SBI) will receive the biggest share of capital from the recapitalisation bonds, estimated at Rs 8,800 crore, followed by IDBI Bank at Rs 7,881 crore and the Bank of Baroda at 6,975 crore.

Only the notified 20 public sector banks will be eligible to subscribe to the special securities and their subscription to the securities will be limited to the extent of the amount notified.

"The investment in the special security by the investing banks would not be considered as an eligible investment, which they are required to make in government securities in pursuance of any statutory provisions or directions applicable to the investing banks," it said.

The bonds are non-transferable and cannot be converted into any other form of security, it added. 

Last year, the Union Cabinet approved a Rs 2.11 lakh crore recapitalisation plan for state-run banks. Last week, the government announced a more detailed plan for recapitalisation of public sector banks that includes over Rs 1 lakh crore in capital through recapitalisation bonds. 

The roots of the NPAs in the Indian banking system -- which have reached the staggering level of nearly Rs 9 lakh crore -- go back to the boom period in the economy during the previous decade under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule. The bad loans of only the state-run banks add up to around Rs 7.5 lakh crore.

The government has embarked on a two-pronged strategy on bad loans.

On the one hand, it has brought in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) which provides for a six-month time-bound insolvency resolution process. On the other hand, it has adopted a recapitalisation plan to support the state-run lenders.

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