New Delhi : State Bank of India said it may merge one of the five associate banks in the current fiscal. “Right now we are in a position to merge one of the subsidiaries…. We may merge one associate bank this year,” SBI Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told PTI here. Asked if the bank has identified the suitable candidate, he said a decision in this respect is not yet taken. SBI first merged  its associate State Bank of Saurashtra with itself in 2008. Two years later in 2010, State Bank of Indore was merged with SBI.

The country’s largest lender has five associate banks –State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad. Among these, the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore are listed entities.

Asked about capital requirement, he said the bank has requested fund infusion to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore.

“We are expecting about Rs 4,000 crore fund infusion in the current fiscal,” he said.

Last fiscal, the bank got Rs 3,004 crore fund support from the government.       SBI raised the money through a preferential allotment of shares to the government, through which the state holding in the bank increased to 62.3 per cent from the earlier 61.6 per cent.

The government has already announced that the public sector banks will get Rs 14,000 crore additional capital from government during the current fiscal.

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