No question of closing down any PSB: Govt, RBI

Dismissing rumours, both the government and the Reserve Bank said there was no question of closure of any public sector bank.

The decision of the Reserve Bank to initiate a ‘Prompt Corrective Action’ (PCA) against large state-owned lender Bank of India led to rumours that the government may close down some banks.

The RBI in a statement said that it has come across some ‘misinformed communication’ circulating in some section of media, including social media, about closure of some public sector banks in the wake of their being placed under the PCA.

The government too dismissed such rumours saying that on the contrary it is planning to strengthen the state-owned banks.

“No question of closing down any Bank. Government is strengthening PSBs by 2.11 lakh crore recapitalisation plan. Do not believe rumour mongers. Recap, Reforms roadmap for PSBs firmly on track,” said financial services Secretary Rajeev Kumar in a tweet.

The RBI, on its part, clarified that “the PCA framework is not intended to constrain normal operations of the banks for the general public”.

The central bank had issued a similar clarification in June also.

(Agencies)

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