As part of consolidation in the public sector lenders\u2019 rural banking operations in Tamil Nadu, the Union finance ministry has decided to amalgamate the Pallavan Grama Bank, sponsored by Indian Bank and Pandyan Grama Bank, sponsored by Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) in to a single regional rural bank in the state. The amalgamated regional rural bank namely \u2018Tamil Nadu Grama Bank\u2019 will be under the sponsorship of Indian Bank, with its head office at Salem. The amalgamation would be effective from April 1, 2019, said Indian Bank in a statement. In recognition of its strong financials, predominant presence in the state and preference among a larger section of populace in Tamil Nadu, Indian Bank is entrusted with the coveted responsibility of being a sponsor bank for the amalgamated regional rural bank, which will have its presence in 32 out of 33 districts of Tamil Nadu (except Chennai) through its branches and field business correspondents, the statement added. Tamil Nadu Grama Bank would strive to deepen financial inclusion and widen the enrollment under social security initiatives to accelerate the all-round, all \u2013inclusive economic progress in rural areas of the state. \u201cWe welcome all employees of Pandyan Grama Bank to the Indian Bank family. We assure that with over Rs 21, 000 crore of business through 625 branches and 800 business correspondent outlets spread over the state, Tamil Nadu Grama Bank will continue to deliver high quality products and services to all its customers,\u201d it said.