MUMBAI:The government has thrown new rules at state-owned banks, nudging them to salvage their junk loans, which have strained balance sheets and re-priced stocks of several lenders.The finance ministry, concerned that a mountain of loss assets could call for bigger fund infusion into banks, has stepped in as the junk loan market has been at a standstill since last year.
Report said the move is credit-positive for NBFCs with a retail focus, especially those which are in the mortgage space. Domestic rating agency Icra has said the decision to extend provisions of the Sarfaesi Act to loans given by non-banking finance companies will help bring down delinquencies and may result in cheaper funds for borrowers. “The access to the Sarfaesi Act will strengthen NBFCs’ ability to contain life-time losses,” the rating agency said in a weekend note after the finance ministry decided recently to extend the provisions of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (Sarfaesi) Act 2002 to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) with over Rs 500 crore in assets.
The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday expanded the market for banks’ stressed assets by permitting them to be sold to other lenders, including non-banking financial companies and financial institutions. The central bank also issued guidelines specifying that all assets classified as doubtful should be reviewed by the board of banks or a committee of board members.
Though banks have been making serious efforts to reduce their non-performing assets through various legal channels, the amount recovered by scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) in 2015-16 at ₹22,768 crore was 26 per cent lower compared with ₹30,792 crore in the previous year, the Reserve Bank of India said. The legal channels that banks resort to for reducing NPAs include Lok Adalats, Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) and invocation of SARFAESI (Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act).
Non-performing assets of the Indian banking system have crossed the Rs 9 lakh crore-mark Reports suggest that asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) purchased non-performing assets (NPA) valued at around Rs 5,000 crore in the most recent July-September quarter.