“There is no closure of banks. No banks are being asked to do anything different from what they were doing. In fact, we are giving them more capital to do what they were doing,” Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference.
In fact, the three-way merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda took over six months to come into effect. While the government first proposed the merger of the banks in September 2018, the merger came into force on April 1, 2019.