SME Times News Bureau | 15 Oct, 2019
Finance Minister Nrimala Sitharaman reviewed the performance
of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) in New Delhi on Monday in a meeting with bank
chief executives. Credit and implementation of measures announced to support
economic growth were reviewed in-depth.
The review stated that PSBs have continued to support the NBFC/HFC sector.
Since the IL&FS default in September 2018 till October 10, 2019, PSBs have
sanctioned total support of Rs 3,97,557 crore in the form of credit as well as
pool-buyouts of Rs 1,07,792 crore, including Rs 15,455 crore under the newly
launched Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme.
Disbursement by PSBs to NBFCs has been Rs 39,068 crore since the last review on
September 19 till October 10.
"PSBs disbursed Rs 81,781 crore, including new term loans of Rs 34,342
crore during the first phase of the Customer Outreach Initiative, from 1st to
9th October 2019. Banks shared their plans for the second phase of the Customer
Outreach Initiative, with camps in about 150 districts between 21st to 25th
October 2019, building on the momentum already built. As in the first phase,
NBFCs would also participate in the second phase.
"Further, receivable bill discounting for MSMEs would also be a focus
area. Details of specific dues outstanding of the companies, including MSME,
with the corporates and aggregating approximately Rs 40,000 crores will be
shared by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs with banks for reaching out to
MSMEs during the Customer Outreach Initiative for bill discounting and enabling
MSMEs to access working capital, the statement said.
In addition, home loans, vehicle loans, agriculture loans, education loans, and
other MSME and personal loans would be focused upon. It was reiterated that the
outreach would be without any dilution in diligence or underwriting standards.
It was also noted that with the recent recapitalisation of over Rs 55,000
crore, PSBs are well equipped to support credit needs, it said.
The PSB's chief executives informed that they will continue expeditious
disbursement of pool buy-outs including those sanctioned under the Partial
Credit Guarantee Scheme. Government would also issue suitable clarifications to
banks with a view to expedite processing of proposals under the scheme.