Centre To Expedite Process To Privatise Two Public Sector Banks: Report

Swarajya Staff

Mar 20, 2022, 09:30 AM | Updated 09:30 AM IST

PM Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman
PM Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman

The Union Finance Ministry is set to accelerate the process to privatise two state-run lenders, Economic Times reports.

The ministry will soon seek the cabinet approval to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

The proposed changes could include the removal of the 20 per cent limit on foreign investment in public sector banks in these two cases.

The other change could be the offer of a more lucrative voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) to the staff of the two concerned lenders.

“We have incorporated the relevant suggestions and a final proposal will soon be put for final consideration and approval of the cabinet," an official in the know of developments told ET.

Reports have speculated that the two shortlisted banks for privatisation are the Indian Overseas Bank and the Central Bank of India.

The centre will hold at least a 26 per cent stake in these two lenders for the initial few years.

Moreover, the extent of the stake sale will only be decided upon assessing the interest from the investors. The prevalent market conditions will be a key factor behind this decision too.

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