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FM Jaitley to meet PSU bank chiefs on Monday to review NPA situation

It will be first meeting after promulgation of ordinance amending the Banking Regulation Act

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photo: Dalip Kumar

Finance Minister will meet heads of public sector banks (PSBs) on Monday to discuss the issue of non-performing assets (NPAs) and the steps being taken by them to expedite the recovery of bad loans that have crossed Rs 6 lakh crore.

Besides, the minister will review the financial performance of all at the meeting, the first between Jaitley and them in the current financial year (FY).

The meeting also assumes significance as it will be the first after last month's promulgation of the ordinance amending the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

The government had through this ordinance empowered the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ask banks to initiate insolvency proceedings to recover bad loans and promised more measures to resolve the NPA crisis.

Apart from the financial performance review, the meeting will take stock of the status of stressed assets and various measures taken to clean up the balance sheets of banks so that they can start lending.

"Major issues on the agenda of the meeting, the first during this fiscal, include issues and solutions relating to of the PSBs, status of MSE Credit, and among others," the said in a statement.

Other issues on agenda include discussion on financial inclusion and literacy, review of performance of Social Security Schemes including Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) etc, it said.

The day-long meeting will also cover areas like cyber security, digitalisation of the banking transactions, rural development, agriculture credit and education loans.

Role and preparedness of banks in the implementation of (GST) is also likely to be discussed in the one day Meeting of PSBs, it said. is going to be rolled-out from July 1.

As for the recovery of bad loans, the has also made substantial changes in the related norms and warned banks of monetary penalty for missing NPA resolution timelines.

Jaitley had said the ordinance empowered the to issue "directions to any banking company or banking companies to initiate insolvency resolution process in respect of a default under the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016".

Toxic loans of rose by over Rs 1 lakh crore to Rs 6.06 lakh crore during April-December 2016-17.

Gross of nearly doubled to Rs 5.02 lakh crore at the end of March 2016, from Rs 2.67 lakh crore at the end of March 2015.

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 01:08 IST