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SBI advances branch rationalisation deadline by 12 months

Abhijit Lele/Mumbai 12 Aug 17 | 09:22 PM

State Bank of India has compressed the deadline for branch rationalisation by one year to September 2017 and finish redeployment of staff by December. 


Presenting a report card on merger trajectory, SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said 594 branches merged till August 6 and expect to achieve branch merger target by end of September 2017.

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Bank has the technical capacity and given the current pace of merger of branches, it’s possible to accelerate the process, said its managing director (associates and subsidiaries) Dinesh Khara. 


The bank expects savings from rationalisation of branch and administrative offices in excess of Rs 1,160 crore per annum. Bank paid Rs 473 crore as ex-gratia amount to 3,569 eligible employees under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), which is expected to result in salary savings of Rs 400 crore per annum. After the merger of Associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank in April, country’s largest bank had indicated it will take about 18 months to rationalise its branch network. 8,616  SBI employees are likely to be redeployed.

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