Overhauling of banking system could be next

It is not going to materialise in two or three months. It is a long drawn process. There is a lot of work which has to be done, said Banks Board Bureau chief Vinod Rai

GN Bureau | January 6, 2017


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Over a period of time, banks may go in for mergers, consolidation and lots of thinking was going into the entire process, said Banks Board Bureau chief Vinod Rai.

“The entire process is being thought of, it is not going to materialise in two or three months, it is a long drawn process, there is a lot of work which has to be done and once the roadmap is ready and hopefully in the next two to three years it will be rolled out,” said Rai.

Delivering the ASSOCHAM Foundation Day Lecture on Thursday, Rai shared his perspective on demonetization and said that there is no harm in trying to cleanse the system and there are various ways to do it and demonetisation was one very effective way.

“Any attempt to cleanse the economy is a very noble attempt and we should lend our energies in ensuring that process of cleansing takes place,” said Rai.

“It is far too early for us to say it is a success or not a success,” he added.

He said that the Banks Board Bureau is working on a fairly attractive compensation package including elements of bonus, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), non-monetary perks and others at all management levels as part of corrective steps to ensure that best of professionals are recruited for public sector banks (PSBs).

“In some ways the compensation package of these public sector institutions needs to be improved, maybe we are not able to do much with fixed part of compensation package but variable part we certainly are looking into it and we are hopeful that by next financial year we will be able to introduce a far more attractive package.”

Rai said that though the Corporate Debt Restructuring Cell was created with very noble intentions in early 2000s but later it found itself sagging with humongous amount of stressed assets in which there was no way it could manage those resources.

He said that there have been innumerable cases where project reports were inflated, balance sheets manipulated and submitted, funds siphoned off and others.

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