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Government adviser says consolidation may lead to 10-15 state banks
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Government adviser says consolidation may lead to 10-15 state banks

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A planned consolidation in India’s state-run banking sector may lead to 10 to 15 lenders that are majority owned by the government, down from the current 21, a senior finance ministry adviser said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/File Photo

The government may cut its stakes in state-run banks to 52 percent, Sanjeev Sanyal, principal economic adviser at the finance ministry, told a World Economic Forum event in New Delhi.

The government has previously said it was open to lowering its stakes in the banks, but would retain majority ownership.

More funds will be injected into banks in the next few months, Sanyal also said.

Reporting by Neha Dasgupta; Editing by Rafael Nam

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