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J&K Bank set to receive Rs 500 Cr capital infusion from Govt

Capital infusion will substantially improve bank’s risk bearing capacity: Chibber

J&K Bank is set to receive Rs 500 Cr capital infusion from government of Jammu and Kashmir to meet the Basel-III requirements.

The funds, as per the Finance Department of the government, will be released over the period of next two months of the current financial year (CFY) 2019-20, as the government has already set aside the amount meant for equity infusion or recapitalization of the bank.

Consequently, the Board of Directors of the bank in a meeting held on February 7 considered raising of capital by the bank by way of preferential issue of specified securities to the government of Jammu & Kashmir- the promoter and majority shareholder of the bank.

Expressing his gratitude to the government, especially Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu, for timely infusion of the capital, the bank’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Rajesh Kumar Chhibber said besides improving the bank’s capital adequacy under the Basel-III norms, the capital infusion would substantially improve its risk bearing capacity.

He said the much needed infusion shall also help the bank in revising its lending policies particularly towards the retail segment like housing, education, government sponsored schemes, agriculture etc.
Acknowledging the government’s support, Chibber said as the promoter and majority stakeholder of J&K Bank, the government has remained ever committed in its support towards the bank and the capital infusion is another glaring example of the same.

The infusion, he said, will translate into growth and expansion and at the same time boost the confidence of all other stakeholders in the bank.

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