Cabinet approves 122 billion rupees recapitalisation plan

NEW DELHI Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:27pm IST

An employee arranges currency notes at a cash counter inside a bank in Agartala February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

An employee arranges currency notes at a cash counter inside a bank in Agartala February 18, 2010.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The cabinet has approved a plan to infuse 122 billion rupees in state-run banks, a minister, who declined to be named, told reporters on Thursday.

India's state-run banks are facing rising non-performing assets (NPA) and write-offs because of poor lending decisions.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the combined injection of capital would not exceed the 150 billion rupees provisioned in the budget for the fiscal year ending 2013, which is short of the banks' requirements.

(Reporting by Nigam Prusty; Editing by Anand Basu)

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