PSBs consolidation building block for $5 trn economy: Finance Secretary

The government's decision to consolidate 10 public sector banks (PSB) into four mega state-owned lenders will act as a building block for achieving USD 5 trillion economy target, Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar has said.

"To support next level of growth, the country needed big banks. The mega merger announced on Friday aims to achieve that objective. We will now have six mega banks with enhanced capital base, size, scale and efficiency to support high growth that the country requires to break into club of middle income nations," he told in an interview.

The consolidation will help create strong and globally competitive banks with economies of scale and enable realisation of wide-ranging synergies, he said adding that now they would have wider reach, stronger lending capacity and better products and technology to serve customers of new India.

Asked about the road map for future, he said the banking sector would be "technology driven, clean, responsive" and there will be no gaming of system by any of the stakeholder in the financial sector space be it auditors, rating agencies, creditors, or bankers.

"All well capitalised well provisioned banks to support USD 5 trillion economy."

The state-owned banks can now look forward to efficiency gain, higher profit, better services to customers and also more benefits to their employees, he said.

For bigger banks, he said, the government has provided 0.25 per cent higher capital than required keeping in the mind their domestic systemically important status.

Moreover, he added, the Indian banks are having one per cent higher core capital requirement than the Basel III norms.