RBI given more powers to tackle NPAs, says Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley said RBI has been given powers to identify specific bad loans and enforce quicker resolution


Arun Jaitley said that a list of some of the stressed assets is already with the RBI and the central bank is looking into that. Photo: Reuters
Arun Jaitley said that a list of some of the stressed assets is already with the RBI and the central bank is looking into that. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been given powers to identify specific loans gone bad and enforce quicker resolution with the government amending the banking law through an executive order, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.

President Pranab Mukherjee signed on Thursday the ordinance to amend the Banking Regulation Act, giving RBI powers to direct banks to initiate insolvency and bankruptcy in case of default, he told reporters in New Delhi. Here are the highlights of what he said about the measures to tackle bad loans

On what the amendments seek to do: “Second part (section 35 AB) relates to specific directions and the formation of oversight committees. Even in relation to resolution of specific accounts either within the insolvency bankruptcy act or under any other JLF (joint lending forum) framework, the RBI would be empowered to deal with this matter.”

On conflict of interest for the RBI: This will “expedite commercial decisions. Paralysis in the name of autonomy needs to be broken.”

On other steps being taken: “When MOUs (memorandum of understanding) are signed with PSBs (public sector banks) which seek capitalization … there would some specific provisions in those MOUs which would relate to immediate cash release such as sale of assets,closure of non profitable branches, reduction of overheads, business turn around initiatives such as strengthening of credit appraisal process, active NPA management and several others.”

On Oversight Committees protecting banks: “One of the objectives will also be that when bankers taken commercial decisions, they must have adequate comfort level and therefore a committee which oversees such JLF arrangements is one step which give them comfort level.”

On amending the Prevention of Corruption Act: “There was a proposed amendment to prevention of corruption act has been introduced in parliament. Standing committee has already considered it and submitted its report.”

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