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RBI raises provisioning on telecom loans

Total debt at about Rs 4 lakh crore, analysts estimate stress of Rs 80,000 crore

Anup Roy & Megha Manchanda  |  Mumbai 

In an unusual directive, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday asked banks to set aside higher provisioning for the telecom sector, starting from the current quarter.  The telecom industry had outstanding debts of nearly Rs 4 lakh crore, incurred mainly on account of payments for spectrum, spectrum usage charges and other levies. The beleaguered industry had written to the department of telecom, apprising it about the financial situation. As of September 2016, the total debt of listed telecom companies was at Rs 2,14,477.17 crore.  Udit Kariwala, ...

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 02:31 IST
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