Public sector banks in India

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Public Sector Banks (PSBs) are banks where a majority stake (i.e. more than 50%) is held by a government.[1] The shares of these banks are listed on stock exchanges. There are a total of 21 PSBs in India.

Public-Sector Banks[edit]

Nationalised Banks

Emergence of public sector banks[edit]

The Central Government entered the banking business with the nationalization of the Imperial Bank Of India in 1955. A 60% stake was taken by the Reserve Bank of India and the new bank was named as the State Bank of India. The seven other state banks became the subsidiaries of the new bank when nationalised on 19 July 1960.[2] The next major nationalisation of banks took place in 1969 when the government of India, under prime minister Indira Gandhi, nationalised an additional 14 major banks. The total deposits in the banks nationalised in 1969 amounted to 50 crores. This move increased the presence of nationalised banks in India, with 84% of the total branches coming under government control.[3]

The next round of nationalisation took place in April 1980. The government nationalised six banks. The total deposits of these banks amounted to around 200 crores. This move led to a further increase in the number of branches in the market, increasing to 91% of the total branch network of the country. The objectives behind nationalisation were:

  • To break the ownership and control of banks by a few business families,
  • To prevent the concentration of wealth and economic power,
  • To mobilize savings from masses from all parts of the country,
  • To cater to the needs of the priority sectors......

total public sector banks are 21 including IDBI .

Public sector banks before the economic liberalisation[edit]

The share of the banking sector held by the public banks continued to grow through the 1980s, and by 1991 the public sector banks accounted for 90% of the banking sector. A year later, in March, 1992, the combined total of branches held by public sector banks was 60,646 across India, and deposits accounted for Rs. 1,10,000 crore. The majority of these banks were profitable, with only one out of the 21 public sector banks reporting a loss.[4]

Problem, with nationalised banks reporting a combined loss of Rs. 1160 crores. However, the early 2000s saw a reversal of this trend, such that in 2002-03 a profit of Rs. 7780 crores by the public sector banks: a trend that continued throughout the decade, with a Rs. 16856 crore profit in 2008-2009.[4]

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  2. ^ "Nationalisation of Banks in India". India Finance and Investment Guide. Indiamart. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Banerjee, Abhijit V.; Cole, Shawn; Duflo, Esther (2004). "Banking Reform in India". India Policy Forum (1). Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Chapter 3: Public sector banks: an overview and identification of weak banks". Reports. Reserve Bank of India. 4 October 1999. Retrieved 31 October 2011.