Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces the merger of ten big public sector banks (PSBs) into four. The banks which are being merged are Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, United Bank of India, Indian Bank, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank. India will now have 12 Public Sector Banks from 27 in 2017.
Banks to be merged together are:
– Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, United Bank of India will be merged as one
– Canara Bank & Syndicate Bank
– Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank
– Indian Bank & Allahabad Bank The Government targets USD 5 trillion economy through these bank reforms and consolidation. The Government would infuse Rs 55,250 Crore of capital in these 10 big banks for their credit growth and regulatory compliance to boost the economy. Apart from these merged banks, two public sector banks will continue to work as an independent body to strengthen national presence. These banks are Bank of India and Central Bank of India. Four regional banks will also continue to work independently to strengthen the regional focus. These are: Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Punjab & Sind Bank.