Committing to provide more funds for recapitalisation of state-owned banks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that cumulative losses of Rs 18,000 crore suffered by them last fiscal were mainly on account of higher provisioning for bad loans.
Public sector banks (PSBs) actually made operating profits of Rs 1.40 lakh crore in 2015-16, he said, indicating that their performance was not as bad as was being projected.
Talking to reporters after a high-level meeting to review the performance of the banking sector, Jaitley said that the government had earmarked Rs 25,000 crore for recapitalisation of state-owned banks and would provide more funds if needed.
“The overall operational profit of the PSBs last year was quite significant. It was in the access of (Rs) 1.40 lakh crore… It is on account of the provisioning that overall the PSBs declared a net loss of about Rs 18,000 crore and a significant amount of provisioning having been made in the last two quarters of the fiscal,” Jaitley said.
Besides Non Performing Assets or bad loans, the meeting reviewed the progress of financial inclusion schemes like Stand-up India and Mudra, credit flow to the industry and expansion of the banking sector.