RBI allows domestic banks to sell NPAs abroad as one-time settlement

Experts say the move can raise India's external liability significantly and build up risks

Anup Roy Mumbai
Loans with minimum average maturity of 7-10 years can be raised to repay domestic loans

Loans with minimum average maturity of 7-10 years can be raised to repay domestic loans

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday allowed domestic banks to directly sell their bad loans in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors to investors abroad as part of one-time settlement (OTS) exercises. The move will allow overseas investors to take direct loan exposure to Indian corporates.
The defaulters, or stressed borrowers, can sell their assets in accordance with the OTS scheme, in order to raise external commercial borrowing (ECB) from abroad to repay domestic loans, the RBI said in a statement. 
At the same time, Indian corporates can raise long-term loans for working capital, ‘general corporate purposes’ and repaying domestic rupee loans, the statement said.

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First Published: Jul 31 2019 | 1:41 AM IST

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