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RBI approves Mega Bank Consolidation Plan

The Reserve Bank of India is to implement a merger plan of 10 state-run banks into 4 larger banks from April 1, 2020. The Amalgamation of the banks had been notified by the GoI earlier of March 2020.

Amalgamation Plan

According to the plan, the United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce are to be merged with Punjab National Bank. The Syndicate Bank is to be amalgamated with Canara Bank. The Allahabad Bank is to be amalgamated with Indian Bank. Also, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank are to be amalgamated with Union Bank of India.

RBI’s approval

The amalgamation plan has been initiated by the GoI. However, the plan is to be implemented by RBI. This is because the Reserve Bank plays the role of the apex in banking sector.

Section 7 of RBI act

The Section 7 of the RBI act empowers the GoI to make rulings on the functioning of RBI in matters of public interest. With this power, the Finance Minister has initiated the amalgamation plan and the plan has been approved by RBI.

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RBI Removes three Banks from PCA Framework

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed three banks, Dhanlaxmi Bank, Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank from the PCA framework by moving them out of its weak-bank watchlist.

Basis for the decision of RBI

  • The government has infused fresh capital into various banks including some of the banks currently under the PCA framework. As part of the capital infusion, Corporation Bank had received Rs 9086 cr and Allahabad Bank had received 6896 cr.
  • Capital Infusion to both of these banks has shored up their capital funds and also increased their loan loss provision to ensure that the PCA parameters were complied with.
  • Dhanlaxmi Bank was taken out of the PCA framework, subject to certain conditions and it would be under continuous monitoring, as the bank is found to be not breaching any of the Risk Thresholds of the PCA framework.

Earlier in the year, the RBI had removed the Bank of India (BoI), Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) from the PCA framework. With the removal of Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank from the list, five PSBs which includes United Bank of India, UCO Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Dena Bank remain under the PCA framework.

PCA: Bone of Contention

The PCA framework had become a bone of contention between the government and the RBI. In India, PCA kicks in when banks breach any of the three key regulatory trigger points namely capital to risk-weighted assets ratio, net non-performing assets (NPA) and return on assets (RoA) whereas globally PCA kicks in only when banks slip on a single parameter of capital adequacy ratio.

The government and independent directors of the RBI board, like S Gurumurthy, are in favour of this practice being adopted for the domestic banking sector as well.

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