India`s cabinet has approved the merger of state-run Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda, the government said on Wednesday, in a step aimed at cleaning up the country`s banking system.
India had announced the merger plan last year amid growing concerns over rising bad loans in the banking sector. Banking sector reforms are a major plank of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s government`s plans to revive lending which has slowed as banks struggle with bad debt.
The merged bank will become India`s second largest public sector bank and will "help create a strong globally competitive bank", the government said in a statement.
The merger will come into force on April 1, the government said.
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