Bank credit offtake up 23.7 pc for year ended Jan 14: RBI

Bank credit offtake up 23.7 pc for year ended Jan 14: RBI

In the corresponding period last year, credit offtake stood at Rs 30.96 lakh crore, the Reserve Bank said in a statement.

In its annual monetary policy at the beginning of the fiscal, the RBI had estimated that credit offtake would grow by 20 per cent this fiscal.

However, just last week the central bank expressed apprehension at the widening ratio between the credit and deposit rates of banks. This has the potential to affect the supply of liquidity in system due to higher lending by the banks vis-a-vis lower deposits.

During the past few months, credit offtake has grown at the rate of 20 per cent on average. Credit offtake has been higher this fiscal on account of large borrowings by telecom firms to pay for 3G spectrum.

The government realised over Rs 1 lakh crore from the sale of spectrum for high speed mobile and broadband wireless services, much higher than the Budget estimate of Rs 35,000 crore.

Credit rating agencies like Crisil had earlier said the country is likely to see credit offtake grow at a rate of around 20-22 per cent this fiscal.