'BMB-SBI merger may be approved soon'

'BMB-SBI merger may be approved soon'
The government is expected to give final approval to the merger of Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with the country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) within three months. The Cabinet last month approved amalgamation of five associates of SBI with the parent but the merger of BMB was not considered due to some issues, sources said.

“Now it a is matter of time. The final approval from the Cabinet should come within three months,” a source said. The Union Cabinet has already given in-principle approval to the merger of BMB with SBI. With the final approval, the first round of consolidation of public sector banks would be over.

According to sources, the next round of consolidation in the PSU banks would begin after these six lenders are integrated with SBI. BMB, set up in 2013, has 103 branches with its presence in almost all the states. The total business of the bank is about Rs 1,600 crore with Rs 1,000 crore of deposits and Rs 600 crore of advances, majority of which is retail business, according to the bank’s website.

The integration process of all the five associates with SBI would start from April 1 as part of the largest consolidation exercise in the banking history of India. The assets of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) will be transfered to SBI from April 1, this year.

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