Bank stocks were on fire today as
the scrips surged up to 32 per cent after the government
unveiled an unprecedented Rs 2.11 lakh crore two-year road map
for strengthening NPA-hit public sector banks.
Shares of Punjab National Bank were trading with a sharp
gain of 31.90 per cent, Bank of Baroda zoomed 24.17 per cent,
Bank of India advanced by 23.75 per cent and State Bank of
India surged 19.02 per cent on BSE.
Also, Andhra Bank was quoting 14.96 per cent higher,
Allahabad Bank (12.70 per cent) and Syndicate Bank (12.11 per
The government yesterday unveiled an unprecedented Rs
2.11 lakh crore two-year road map for strengthening NPA-hit
public sector banks, which includes re- capitalisation bonds,
budgetary support, and equity dilution.
The capital infusion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said,
will be accompanied by reforms to enable the state-owned banks
to play major role in the financial system and give a strong
push to the job-creating MSME sector.
Giving details, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar
said the government has decided to take a massive step to
capitalise PSBs (public sector banks) in a "front-loaded"
manner, with a view to support credit growth and job creation.
Non-performing assets of banks have increased from Rs
2.78 lakh crore in March 2015 to a staggering Rs 7.33 lakh
crore as on June 2017.
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