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  • Top News Bharti Gupta Ramola

    Bharti Gupta Ramola

    Leader (Financial services), PwC India

    TOPIC: Financial Sector

  • Two of the biggest issues facing the banking sector are capital raising by public-sector banks (PSBs) and stressed assets. Government support will remain crucial for PSBs through measures like consolidation and divestments. Revamping of debt recovery tribunals (DRTs) by increasing their numbers and digitisation, incentivising timely repayments, a strong bankruptcy law, and punitive measures for defaulters, will help in recovery of bad debts. From a tax point of view, the goods & services tax (GST) implementation will remain crucial. Other measures required are movement towards an internationally competitive tax regime to make financial savings and investments attractive.

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    N.JAYARAMAN, CHARTERED ENGINEER

    Media reports highlight the failure of company management, company auditors and bank regulators for an increase in banks' NPAs, besides a lack of owners' equity to propel growth. How can this be mitigated?

    Bharti Gupta Ramola

    BHARTI GUPTA RAMOLA

    Increase in NPAs is due to a number of reasons, including the global downturn, stalled projects, volatility in commodity prices, banks acting as arms of the government, as well as poor governance and management of corporations. We should also recognise the no-recourse or limited-recourse nature of lending in project finance for infra and core sector projects of long gestation. In such situations, if bankruptcy and foreclosure provisions could be enforced, banks could move relatively swiftly to resolve poor-quality assets. This lack of enforcement also fuels extreme risk-taking by some promote-managed companies, supported by poor governance. We believe solutions to reduce NPAs should include the following: * Enabling bank boards to make independent credit decisions through reduction in government holding and independence in selection of bank senior management. * Judicial reforms to enable timely enforcement, resolution and bankruptcy. * Better governance at the level of the regulator, banks and companies.