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RBI.9.Thmb.jpg RBI issues new circular on resolution of stressed assets

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SME Times News Bureau | 08 Jun, 2019

Allowing lenders to start resolution process within 30 days of default, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday issued a revised framework for resolution of stressed assets.

"All lenders must put in place board-approved policies for resolution of stressed assets, including the timelines for resolution," the circular read.

"Since default with any lender is a lagging indicator of financial stress faced by the borrower, it is expected that the lenders initiate the process of implementing a resolution plan (RP) even before a default."

Accordingly, the new circular has provided lenders with complete discretion to lenders with regard to design and implementation of resolution plans, in supersession of earlier resolution schemes, "subject to the specified timeline and independent credit evaluation".

However, a system of disincentives in the form of additional provisioning for delay in implementation of resolution plan has been incorporated in the circualr.

"It is expected that the current circular will sustain the improvements in credit culture that have been ushered in by the efforts of the government and the Reserve Bank of India so far and that it will go a long way in promoting a strong and resilient financial system in India," RBI said in a statement.

The circular comes after the Supreme Court in April struck down the apex bank's previous circular which mandated that the resolution process begin immediately on the day after default of loans worth over Rs 2,000 crore.

It gives banks flexibility to put in place their own policies, approved by their board.

Earlier, the Supreme Court's April 2 order raised questions over the fate of about eight power projects including the 3,600 MW KSK Mahanadi Power Co Ltd, 1,920 MW Lanco Amarkantak Power Ltd, 600 MW Avantha Power, 1,350 MW Rattan India Power Ltd, 550 MW RKM Powergen and 700 MW Bharat Utkal.

These projects were referred by a consortium of lenders including the Power Finance Corp to the NCLT as per the provisions of the February 12 RBI circular, which said it would be mandatory for projects in default to be referred to the NCLT after 180 days from start of the resolution period.

As 180 days for these projects ended in August, they were referred to the NCLT.

 
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over aggression in collection by lenders is detrimental for growth of strtups and MSMES
Bhagawath Prasad | Sun Jun 9 17:19:18 2019
sir past three years ,it has been observed that lenders are over aggressive.their collection agents behaviour is nothing but humiliation and coercion , this is detrimental for growth of MSMEs and startups , it's experienced more with NBFCs and co-op banks , they refer always RBI guidelines , i am aware of the fact that these agents have no personal grudges or enmity with borrowers , it's their incentives and promotions are making them get aggressive on borrowers,off-late MSMEs are coming to their units only to manage their lenders sitting at home and office.this is something our government and RBI must look into, they must stop heavy handed collection processes on MSMEs , if not the spirit of doing business is iost due to pressure and their younger generation are opting to be out of start-up schemes , Indian middle and neo middle class is by nature are born with enterprenal skills , off late , new digitisation is helping collection mechanism and it's killing the spirit pf being self-employed, it's a caution to government , if it continuous , zeal of entrepreneurship dies and unemployment increases to disturb society fabric , I urge the RBI to keep guidelines to lenders that lenders must not disturb more than 5 days in a month in addition to 7am to 7pm policy.


 
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