Government banks earned total profit of Rs.70,167 crore in April-December FY23

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All PSBs are in profit with aggregate profit being ā‚¹66,543 crore in 2021-22, and that further increased to ā‚¹70,167 crore in the first nine months of the current financial year, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat K. Karad said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The government has taken various reforms following which asset quality of public sector banks (PSBs) has improved significantly with the gross NPA (non-performing assets) ratio declining from the peak of 14.6% in March 2018 to 5.53% in December 2022, Parliament was informed on March 20.

At the same time, resilience has increased with provision coverage ratio of PSBs rising from 46% to 89.9% in December 2022, he said, adding capital adequacy ratio of PSBs improved significantly from 11.5% in March 2015 to 14.5% in December 2022.

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Total market cap of PSBs (excluding IDBI Bank, which was categorised as private sector bank in January 2019) increased from ā‚¹4.52 lakh crore in March 2018 to ā‚¹10.63 lakh crore in December 2022, he said.

4R strategy

Talking about various measures taken to improve the financial health of PSBs, Mr. Karad said, the government implemented a comprehensive 4R strategy: Recognising NPAs transparently, Resolution and recovery, Recapitalising PSBs, and Reforms in the financial ecosystem.

Major banking reforms undertaken by the government over the last eight years addressed credit discipline, responsible lending and improved governance, besides adoption of technology, amalgamation of banks, and maintaining general confidence of bankers, he said.

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Disinvestment transactions completed in 10 out of 36 cases

Replying to another question, Mr. Karad said the government since 2016 has given ā€˜in-principleā€™ approval for strategic disinvestment of 36 cases of public sector enterprises (PSEs) and/or subsidiaries/ units/joint ventures of PSEs/ banks.

Of the 36 cases, 33 are being handled by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) and three cases are being handled by the respective Administrative Ministry/Department, he said.

“Out of the 33 cases being handled by DIPAM, strategic disinvestment transactions have been completed in 10 cases; 5 PSEs are under consideration for closure; 1 case is held up due to litigation, 1 case is under Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) in NCLT and 2 transactions are under review for feasibility,” he said, adding, remaining 14 transactions are at various stages.

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