The Union government is planning to stimulate the country's economy through capital infusion into government-owned banks. Prior to this act, the Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram will hold a meeting with RBI, bank chairmen and top officials of his ministry soon after his return from the US on October 17. Currently Chidambaram is on his tour in the US.
India's largest State-owned bank, State Bank of India (SBI) on September 16 stated that it has recommended a cut in the cash reserve ratio (CRR), the amount of funds that the banks have to keep with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as well as in repo rate, the discount rate at which RBI repurchases government securities from the commercial banks. SBI said that it is expecting Rs 4,000-crore capital infusion from the government to shore up its capital.
To meet global capital requirement norms (or Basel III norms) of public sector banks in the country, the Union Finance Ministry is likely to finalise Rs 14,000-crore capital infusion into the banks by the end of this month. An official concerned said that the government has received capital requirement proposals from all public sector banks and it is evaluating their proposals at the moment. Hopefully, capital allocation to banks would be finalised by August-end.