Kolkata: State-run Allahabad Bank is looking at a modest business growth of 9 per cent during fiscal year 2019-20 through a focus on consolidating current account and savings accounts (CASA) base and increasing dependency under the retail sector, according to its latest annual report. The bank’s total deposits stood at Rs 2,14,335 crore at the end of the last financial year registering a year-on-year (y-o-y) growth of 0.34 per cent. The share of CASA deposits in aggregate deposits increased to 49.49 per cent at the end of March as compared to 46.50 per cent a year ago. The bank reduced its bulk deposits by 43.87 per cent y-o-y from Rs 3,247 crore to Rs 1,823 crore during March, the report said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsCASA deposits with a special focus on savings bank deposits were the focus areas at the ground level, it said. Consequently, CASA deposits increased by 7.77 per cent y-o-y during financial year 2018-19 and savings bank deposits increased by 6.89 per cent. “Bank is looking at a modest business growth of 9 per cent during FY20 through focus on consolidating CASA base and increasing dependency under retail sector,” the lender’s Managing Director and CEO S.S. Mallikarjuna Rao said. During the FY19, there was “severe pressure on quality of assets and the rise of NPA” in the bank, which was not an isolated phenomenon but part of the overall industry trend, the report pointed out. The gross NPA ratio increased to 17.55 per cent in FY19 from 15.96 per cent in FY18.