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Govt announces merger of 10 PSB; Bankers declare country-wide protest Saturday

After the amalgamation, only 12 PSBs will be left in India from the 27 earlier

Friday August 30, 2019 6:33 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Mega Bank Merger News

New Delhi/Chennai: The Modi government on Friday announced the merger of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four entities, which includes the amalgamation of Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India with Punjab National Bank.

According to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will be merged into one entity, while Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank will be amalgamated into a single entity.

Similarly, Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank will become one entity.

The Finance Minister further said that the Bank of India and Central Bank of India would remain independent.

After the amalgamation, only 12 PSBs will be left in India from the 27 earlier.

Consequent to the merger, Punjab National Bank will become the second largest PSB in India with a total business of Rs 17.5 lakh crore.

Additionally, the total business of the merged entity of Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will be Rs 15.20 lakh crore. It will become the fourth largest PSB in the country.

Bank Unions Upset

The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), the umbrella body of nine banking sector trade unions, has called for demonstrations across the country on Saturday to protest against the mega bank merger plan announced by the government, a top banking union leader said.

"Bankers will hold massive demonstrations on Saturday all over the country and also wear black badges", All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) General Secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said.

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