The Reserve Bank of India has sanctioned the Scheme of Amalgamation of Lord Krishna Bank Ltd. with Centurion Bank of Punjab Ltd. The Scheme has been sanctioned in exercise of the powers contained in Sub-section (4) of Section 44A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. The Scheme will come into force with effect from August 29, 2007. All the branches of Lord Krishna Bank Ltd. will function as branches of Centurion Bank of Punjab Ltd. with effect from August 29, 2007.
The merger will add Rs 300 crore to Central Bank of Punjab’s balance sheet, which is around Rs 18,480 crore at present, and another 112 branches to its current 279 branches. CBoP plans to add more than 200 branches by December 2007.