Will withdraw PCA only if bank is ‘fit case’: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

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August 06, 2021 5:39 PM

Currently, there are three public sector lender Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), UCO Bank and Central Bank of India that are under the RBI's PCA framework.

Once operationalised, this will enhance access of non-residents to the g-sec market as will the inclusion of Indian g-secs in the global bond indices, for which efforts are ongoing, he added.Once operationalised, this will enhance access of non-residents to the g-sec market as will the inclusion of Indian g-secs in the global bond indices, for which efforts are ongoing, he added.

The Reserve Bank of India on Friday said it keeps reviewing the position of public sector banks that are under its prompt corrective action (PCA) framework and will take a call on withdrawal only if it is a “fit case”, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Friday.

Currently, there are three public sector lender Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), UCO Bank and Central Bank of India that are under the RBI’s PCA framework.

“We keep on reviewing that position. As and when requests are received, we analyse it. If it meets our regulatory requirements, and if in our assessment, we feel confident that it’s a fit case, the RBI will do the needful,” Das told reporters in the post-policy conference.

He said the RBI has been taking banks out of the PCA framework.

In March this year, the RBI had removed IDBI Bank from PCA framework, which was imposed in May 2017.

RBI Deputy Governor M K Jain said there are certain banks that are in the PCA framework and the central bank is examining those lenders.

“As and when the time comes, we will definitely announce the withdrawal of PCA (of those banks),” Jain said.

Earlier this week, IOB Managing Director and CEO Partha Pratim Sengupta said the lender’s application for exiting PCA is under consideration of the regulator.

“We have replied to their queries. They must be looking at the various other aspects before taking a decision in this regard. We are waiting for it,” Sengupta told reporters during the Q1 earnings call.

The PCA framework is a supervisory tool and is imposed when a bank breaches certain regulatory thresholds capital-to-risk weighted assets ratio (CRAR), net non-performing assets (NPA) and return on assets (RoA).

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