Government Sanctions Rs 700 Crore Additional Fund for RRB Capitalisation

A total amount of Rs 1,086.70 crore has been released, as on March 31, 2014 to 39 RRBs including the Central Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank.

Published: 16th July 2015 03:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2015 03:20 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The government today sanctioned an additional Rs 700 crore for the recapitalisation of weak regional rural banks (RRBs) and extended the validity period for the fund infusion to next fiscal.

"The validity period for recapitalisation of RRBs had ended. It has been extended to 2016-17. Rs 700 crore additional amount has been sanctioned," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Cabinet meeting here.

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved for extension for the next three years, that is up to 2016-17 of the scheme of recapitalisation of weak RRBs, he said.

These banks are unable to maintain their minimum Capital to Risk weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 9 per cent, he said, adding, this decision will help them improve this ratio.

A strong capital structure and minimum required level of CRAR will ensure financial stability of RRBs which will enable them to play a greater role in financial inclusion and meeting the credit requirements of rural areas, he said.

Presently, there is a Budget provision of Rs 15 crore for recapitalisation of RRBs.

After this approval for extension of the scheme, further funds as required will be requested in Supplementary Demands, he said.

RRBs were established under Regional Rural Banks Act, 1976 to create an alternative channel to the 'cooperative credit structure' and to ensure sufficient institutional credit for the rural and agriculture sector.

RRBs are jointly owned by the Centre, state governments and sponsor banks with the issued capital shared in the proportion of 50 per cent, 15 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.

With a view to bringing the CRAR of RRBs to at least 9 per cent, the K C Chakrabarty Committee recommended recapitalisation support to the extent of Rs 2,200 crore to 40 RRBs in 21 States.

The recapitalisation process started in 2010-11. The share of Central Government in respect of some RRBs could not be released in the absence of the release of the share of state governments.

Therefore, the scheme of recapitalisation was extended up to March 31, 2014.

A total amount of Rs 1,086.70 crore has been released, as on March 31, 2014 to 39 RRBs including the Central Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank.

Stay up to date on all the latest Business news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp