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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Union Bank of India expects Rs 1,000 cr infusion

Union Bank of India expects fund infusion of about Rs 1,000 crore as part of recapitalisation plan of the government.

“We have applied and we are expecting about Rs 950—1000 crore (capital infusion during the current fiscal),” said D Sarkar, Union Bank of India Chairman and Managing Director.

“The government has agreed in—principle to infuse the capital and may be in week’s time we will be getting information from the government,” he added.

Last fiscal, the state—owned bank got capital support of Rs 280 crore.

With the infusion, Tier I capital of the bank will go up, he said, adding, it was 8.17 per cent as on September 2012.

The capital infusion will help the bank to enhance lending to productive sectors.

The government has made budget provision of Rs 15,000 crore for recapitalisation of public sector banks in the current fiscal.

On the stressed assets, Sarkar said, rise in NPA is reflection of economic situation. With improvement in the economy, things would get better.

“We aim to bring down the gross NPA to 3 per cent of the total advances by March 2013,” he added.

Gross NPA of the bank stood at 3.66 per cent at the end of first half of the current fiscal.

Asked about the expectations from upcoming mid—quarter review of monetary policy by RBI, Sarkar said: “As a banker I expect that there should be some reduction in the policy rates. It will boost up the sentiment and economic sentiment.”

There is expectation that repo rate or CRR could come down by about 25 basis points, he said.


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