The meeting will review credit offtake and the progress made under the Jan Dhan Yojana, among other things. Jaitley will also review the Public Sector Banks’ performance with regard to overall credit growth with specific reference to agriculture credit, MSE credit, housing loans, education loans and lending to minority communities, said a statement by the Finance Ministry.

Besides, he will review their handling of Non Performing Assets, implementation of guidelines relating to consortium lending, interest subvention scheme and giving commitment in areas like green lending.

Issues relating to financing of Women Self Help Groups, Banking Sector Reforms and Atal Pension Yojana are also likely to come-up for discussion during the one day performance review meeting, it said.

He will also review the performance of PSBs and FIs with regard to the new projects and proposals, stalled projects and possible remedial measures among others.

Along with the CEOs of PSBs and FIs, the meeting will also be attended by Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance and Hasmukh Adhia, Secretary, Department of Financial Services and other senior officers of the ministry.

Reserve Bank of India has cut repo rate by 0.5 per cent in the last two months but the banks have not followed up on that yet by reducing their lending rates.

Last week, the RBI reduced the short term lending rate (repo) from 7.75 per cent to 7.5 per cent with immediate effect. This was the second rate cut after January 15 when policy rate was reduced by similar percentage points.

According to sources, during the quarterly meeting attended by heads of public sector financial institutions such as Nabard and NHB, the Finance Minister would also review the progress made with regard to decisions taken at the two-day Gyan Sangam.
One of the decision taken at the retreat at Pune was setting up an autonomous 'Bank Board Bureau' with professional members to improve the governance of public sector banks.

The proposed board would be responsible for search and selection of heads of PSBs, as also for non-official directors of the banks.

This would be an interim step towards moving in the direction of having a Bank Investment Company, which will be a holding company for PSBs.

Improving the performance of the PSBs and financial institutions, including through steps like capital infusion, would also be discussed in the meeting.

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