Topic of the Day – Mission Indradhanush for PSBs

UPSC Exam Preparation: Topic of the Day – Mission Indradhanush for PSBs

The government of India, in order to resolve the issues faced by the Public Sector Banks launched a 7 pronged plan called “Mission Indradhanush. The Indradhanush for PSBs mission aims at revamping the functioning of the Public Sector Banks in order to enable them to compete with the Private Sector Banks. It seeks to revive economic growth by means of reduction of political interference in the functioning of PSBs and improving credit.

Components of Mission Indradhanush

The 7 components of the Mission (symbolic of 7 colours of the rainbow) plan to address the challenges faced by the Public Sector Banks. The 7 components include:

  • Appointments: Besides induction of talent from the Private Sector into the public banks, separation of the posts of Chief Executive Officer and the Managing Director, in order to check the excessive concentration of power and smooth functioning of the banks.
  • Bank Boards Bureau: The appointments Board of the Public Sector Banks would be replaced by the Bank Boards Bureau (BBB). Advice would be rendered to the banks in the matters of raising funds, mergers and acquisitions etc by the BBB. It would also hold the bad assets of the Public Sector Banks. The BBB separates the functioning of the PSBs from the government by acting as a middleman.
  • Capitalisation: Due to the high NPAs and the need to meet the provisions of the Basel III norms, capitalization of banks by inducing Rs. 70000 crore was planned.
  • De-stressing: Solving issues arising in the infrastructure sector in order to check the stressed assets in the banks by strengthening the asset reconstruction companies. Development of a vibrant debt market for PSBs.
  • Empowerment: Providing greater flexibility and autonomy to PSBs in hiring manpower.
  • Framework of Accountability: The assessment of the banks would be based on a few key performance indicators. It would be inclusive of
  1. Quantitative Parameters such as Non-Performing Assets Management, growth, diversification, return on capital, financial inclusion and
  2. Qualitative Parameters such as steps taken in improving asset quality, human resources initiatives etc.
  • Governance Reforms: Banker’s Retreat or the Gyan Sangam conferences between the bankers and the government officials for resolving the banking sector issues and deciding the future course of action.

 

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