New Delhi  :  Soon after the Finance Ministry asked the banks for exploring options for raising funds, State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday, announced plans to set up a holding company for the purpose, reports PTI.

“It (setting up a holding company including all subsidiaries) is one of the possibilities (for raising capital)….currently, there is no clear view on this,” SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said here. The proposal for setting up of a holding company with the

government, she said, adding, it requires regulatory clearances.

Setting up of holding company would[tabs tab1=”Tab 1″ tab2=”Tab 2″ tab3=”Tab 3″][tab id=”tab1″]Tab content 1[/tab][tab id=”tab2″]Tab content 2[/tab][tab id=”tab3″]Tab content 3[/tab][/tabs] also require amendment to SBI Act, she added. Earlier in the day, Financial Services Secretary G S Sandhu said various options like ESOPs, SPV model and holding company model were discussed in the meeting of Finance Minister P Chidambaram with heads of PSU banks by which banks could raise funds from market to meet their capital requirement.

Under the bank-wise holding company model suggestion, he said, the bank will transfer all its subsidiaries to the new company which in turn can tap market for funds.

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