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Banks for specific measures in Budget to deal with bad loans

Banks are expecting some specific measures, including additional budgetary allocation for capitalisation of public sector lenders, in the budget to deal with rising bad loans issue, says a study by Ficci and IBA.

The Ficci-IBA Bankers survey, which was conducted during January-February 2016, highlights key operational areas of banks in India for July-December 2015 period.

The survey saw participation by 17 banks including public, private and foreign banks. Most of the banks suggested for establishing a National Asset Management Company (NAMCO) or a Bad Bank which can take over stressed loans from them and either sell them off or revive them, the release said.

Banks have also suggested for an additional budgetary allocation for capitalisation of public sector banks over and above the original commitments. They also want revamping of Debt Recovery Tribunals and setting up of a fund to aid revival of stalled infrastructure and power discom projects, the survey said.

There has been a rise in NPAs and stressed assets during the period under review and the proportion of respondent banks reporting rise in the level of their non-performing assets (NPAs) is higher at 76 per cent in this round of survey as against 63 per cent in the previous round, finds the survey.

"A majority 53 per cent of the respondent banks have also indicated that there has been a rise in the number of cases requesting for restructuring of advances," it said. 

The key sectors that have seen a surge in NPA levels in the second half of 2015 include infrastructure, metals, textiles, and chemicals, amongst others, as per  the survey. 
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