'We also have global ambitions'
Pradeep talks to Shreya Roy about the innovative ways that the bank has adopted to tackles the problem of non performing assets. He also discusses the bank’s strategy of balancing global ambitions with financial inclusion.
How has 2010-11 been and how do you read the coming year?
We have a target of Rs 2 lakh crore, from which we are not very far behind. In the next two years we should grow our loan book by 25% and deposits by 20-22%. Next year the total business growth will be around 25%.
How have interest rates movement impacted the bank?
This year has been challenging particularly after September when interest rates started rising and our margins could get impacted. We were targeting a net interest margin of close to 3%, which may not be possible. But we will achieve around 2.5%, which is higher than last year’s margin. Liquidity is an issue, and we are not comfortable with the growth in deposits, particularly CASA.
Though we have increased the number of CASA accounts, maintaining the balance has been a challenge. Earlier, our average was at least Rs 25,000,
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