Government bank stocks rally on RBI panel report

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Government bank stocks rally on RBI panel report
Canara Bank: Quotes, News
BSE 333.00BSE Quote3 (0.90%)
NSE 332.70NSE Quote2.4 (0.72%)
IDBI Bank: Quotes, News
BSE 54.30BSE Quote0.5 (0.92%)
NSE 54.30NSE Quote0.5 (0.92%)
Shares of state-run banks on Wednesday rose by as much as 5 percent after an RBI panel report said the government should reduce holdings in PSU lenders to under 50 percent.

SBI scrip gained 1.59 percent to Rs 2,312.45, while PNB rose by 3.74 percent per cent to Rs 830 on the BSE.

Shares of Canara Bank were trading 5.04 percent higher, while IDBI Bank was quoting 2.20 percent up and Oriental Bank of Commerce gained 1.14 percent.

The government should cut its holding in public sector banks to under 50 percent, said the report by a Reserve Bank of India panel yesterday, criticising the way in which the lenders are being governed.

Headed by ex-chairman of Axis Bank PJ Nayak, the panel said that governance at the 26 Public Sector Banks (PSBs) suffers due to several "externally imposed constraints" like dual regulation by the RBI and finance ministry and external vigilance by agencies like the CVC and CAG, among others.

"If the government stake in these banks were to reduce to less than 50 percent, together with certain other executive measures, all these external constraints would disappear," the report said.

It added: "This would be a beneficial trade-off for the government because it would continue to be the dominant shareholder and, without its control in banks diminishing, it would create the conditions for its banks to compete more successfully."


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Story first published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:46 [IST]
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