New Delhi: Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Aug 23, 2019. Also seen Union MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur and other dignitaries. . Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, Aug 23 : The Central government will "upfront" infuse Rs 70,000 crore into public sector banks for extending additional lending.

At present, the economy has been impacted by a consumption slowdown which is a culmination of several factors such as high GST rates, farm distress, stagnant wages and liquidity constraints.

Besides, the stress in the NBFCs has led to a liquidity squeeze in the automobile and other type of capital goods purchases.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the budgeted Rs 70,000 crore re-capitalisation of PSBs will be infused upfront so as to enable additional funding. This step is expected to allow PSBs to extend additional funding of Rs 5 lakh crore.

She further announced that PSBs have decided to launch repo-rate linked products.

PSBs have been mandated to return loan documents to customers within 15 days of their loan closure.

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