Important News for banking Aspirants and Bankers

Government will form a panel to devise a strategy for consolidation in the state-run banking sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

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More than two dozen state-run banks dominate country's banking sector with over two-thirds of assets. They also hold close to 85 per cent of the bad loans in the sector.

Banks have favoured the idea of consolidation, Jaitley told reporters after a two-day annual brainstorming event of senior officials from banks, the RBI and finance ministry.

He also said the government was considering an employee stock option plan for the state-run banks.