Banks taking steps against rising bad loans

Action being taken as per law, says Jaitley

Banks taking steps against rising bad loans

Concerned over sharp rise in bad loans, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that banks are taking a number of steps against willful defaulters to recover the loans.

“It is normal for the banks to have 2-3 per cent of NPA (Non-Performing Assets). But in the last 2-3, years the NPA has been increased substantially and gone up to 6 per cent... Stress assets have also been increased,” he said during the Question Hour.

Jaitley said that actions against those who have failed to repay the loan amount have been initiated under various provisions of the law, including under Indian Penal Code and civil laws.

To a question on action taken against promoters of Kingfisher Airlines for having huge outstanding loans, he said that banks are dealing with all defaulters as per the law and actions have been taken that include declaring the promoters and directors as willful defaulters that barred them to obtain loan from any bank in the future and auction mortgaged property.

Jaitley said there are people and companies who are under stress due to the economic slowdown in the last 2-3 years and in such cases banks allow the companies to restructure the loan repayment process to give them relief.

He, however, said that there are people and companies whose intention is not good and who do not want to repay the outstanding amount to banks. In such cases, the banks take proper action as per law.

The minister said that the SEBI Act has been amended recently with tough provisions, and steps are being taken against those companies which cheat people in the name of chit funds.

Under the amended law, the state governments can take action against those who cheat people while collecting money in the name of chit fund.
“The police has full right to take action and many people are in jail for such crime,” he said.

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