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6 immediate tasks for the new finance minister

May 28, 2014 11:34 IST

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Capital for banks

The interim Budget allocated around Rs 11,200 crore (Rs 112 billion) for capital infusion in state-run banks.

It was expected banks could  meet their additional requirement from the capital markets but deteriorating financials, mainly due to non-performign assets, resulted in poor valuations, making it difficult for banks to take that route.

As a result, the government will have to allocate more resources for banks in the budget.

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Monetary Policy

A new monetary policy framework, as suggested by RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel, with the singular objective of inflation-targeting and setting up of a monetary policy committee which will be accountable for meeting the target, will need the finance minister’s comfort for implementation.

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Image: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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Appointments

Some of the CMD/ED posts in public sector banks are still vacant, like the CMD’s post in Kolkata-based United Bank of India (UBI) which went through financial turmoil and then its chairperson resigned before completing her term.

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Giving up control in state-run banks

As suggested by the RBI-appointed  P J Nayak committee, the government needs to cut its stake in public sector banks (PSBs) to below 51% and also revamp the banking architecture.

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Asset Quality

Bankers have demanded a law which will not allow defaulters to challenge Sarfaesi Act/Debt Recovery Tribunal, to help in early resolution of an account and improve recoveries. 

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Banks as insurance brokers

The finance ministry had proposed that all public sector banks become brokers to sell insurance products.

After a protest from bank-promoted insurers, this proposal’s implementation was delayed.

The new minister will have to take a stand on whether or not to mandate this.


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