New Delhi: India could slightly delay the implementation of global risk norms Basel III as the banking sector is already under stress due to demonetisation and the goods and services tax (GST) roll out, a State Bank of India (SBI) report said in Wednesday.
An extended timeline to meet the capital needs under the norms would provide the necessary breather to banks to lend more while they grapple with several issues, it said. “We believe that Indian banking sector needs some time to assimilate the impact of past three structural changes (demonetisation, GST implementation and RERA) before facing the new ones," said the SBI Ecowrap in the report Timing Future Reforms in India.
“Even as we acknowledge the positive impact of such reforms, we are convinced that perhaps the Indian banking sector deserves a small interregnum so as to meaningfully concentrate on issues related to financial inclusion, asset quality and credit growth," it said.
Going by the country-wise implementation status of Basel III standards, India is largely compliant with the risk-based capital and Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) norms ahead of most of the countries as some of them. As per Reserve Bank of India direction, the Basel III capital regulation is being implemented from 1 April, 2013 in India in phases, and it will be fully adopted as on 31 March, 2019.
The report noted that the country has witnessed three important structural reforms demonetisation, GST, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) which are impacting Indian economy and the banking sector.
The country’s banking sector, which is the key driver of Indian economy, is currently going through challenging times due to low credit growth, deterioration in asset quality and low profitability, it said, making the case for the delay.