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UBI expects Rs 1,000 crore infusion

New Delhi: Union Bank of India expects fund infusion of about Rs 1,000 crore as part of recapitalization plan of the government.
    
"We have applied and we are expecting about Rs 950-1000 crore (capital infusion during the current fiscal)," Union Bank of India Chairman and Managing Director D Sarkar said.
    
"The government has agreed in-principle to infuse the capital and may be in weeks time we will be getting information from the government," he added.
    
Last fiscal, the state-owned bank got capital support of Rs 280 crore.
    
With the infusion, Tier I capital of the bank will go up, he said, adding, it was 8.17 percent as on September 2012. The capital infusion will help the bank to enhance lending to productive sectors.
    
The government has made budget provision of Rs 15,000 crore for recapitalisation of public sector banks in the current fiscal.
    
In 2010-11, the government pumped Rs 20,157 crore in public sector banks to maintain Tier I capital at 8 percent and increase the government equity in some banks to 58 percent.
    
In the following fiscal, public sector banks got Rs 12,000 crore for improving their capital adequacy ratio.      

On the stressed assets, Sarkar said, rise in NPA is reflection of economic situation. With improvement in the economy, things would get better.
    
"We aim to bring down the gross NPA to 3 percent of the total advances by March 2013," he added. Gross NPA of the bank stood at 3.66 percent at the end of first half of the current fiscal.
    
Asked about the expectations from upcoming mid-quarter review of monetary policy by RBI, Sarkar said: "As a banker I expect that there should be some reduction in the policy rates. It will boost up the sentiment and economic sentiment."
    
There is expectation that repo rate or CRR could come down by about 25 basis points, he said.
    
On concerns of sticky inflation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) left key policy rates unchanged in its last quarterly review of the monetary policy in October.

(Agencies)

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