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Auction of NPAs: Govt notifies banking law amendment to deal with bad loans

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The ordinance enables RBI to direct banks to initiate bankruptcy proceedings of defaulting cos

The government on Friday notified the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance 2017, kick-starting a new framework to deal with Rs 6 lakh crore worth of non-performing assets in the Indian banking system.


The ordinance comes into force immediately and enables the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to direct to initiate proceedings of defaulting companies under the Insolvency and Code. The banking regulator has also been empowered to decide on dealing with toxic assets and instructing to act accordingly. The will also set up multiple oversight committees to direct and joint-lending forums to deal with the stressed assets.


Two sections defining these powers have been inserted after Section 35A in the Banking Regulations Act. After the cabinet cleared the ordinance on Wednesday, President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent came early Friday morning.


“Whereas the stressed assets in the banking system have reached unacceptably high levels and urgent measures are required for their resolution… And whereas Parliament is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action,” the gazette notification stated.


Further details are awaited from Minister Arun Jaitley’s press conference later today. What is learnt so far is that the new framework may also allow state-owned to conduct open auctions of NPAs, wherein cash-rich public sector companies will be encouraged to buy such assets in their sector. It contains a set of fresh guidelines for public auction of assets by the state owned for the steel and power sector, which account for a majority of toxic assets.


The aim is to monitor progress on the top 35-40 non-performing assets of all These constitute 60 per cent of all NPAs by value.


The framework also envisages amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act to exempt commercial decisions by public sector from scrutiny by investigating agencies. Both the amendments are likely in the monsoon session of Parliament.


The government has asked to provide data on their top NPA accounts. It has also sought more information from consortium leaders.

Auction of NPAs: Govt notifies banking law amendment to deal with bad loans

The ordinance enables RBI to direct banks to initiate bankruptcy proceedings of defaulting cos

The ordinance enables RBI to direct banks to initiate bankruptcy proceedings of defaulting cos

The government on Friday notified the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance 2017, kick-starting a new framework to deal with Rs 6 lakh crore worth of non-performing assets in the Indian banking system.


The ordinance comes into force immediately and enables the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to direct to initiate proceedings of defaulting companies under the Insolvency and Code. The banking regulator has also been empowered to decide on dealing with toxic assets and instructing to act accordingly. The will also set up multiple oversight committees to direct and joint-lending forums to deal with the stressed assets.


Two sections defining these powers have been inserted after Section 35A in the Banking Regulations Act. After the cabinet cleared the ordinance on Wednesday, President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent came early Friday morning.


“Whereas the stressed assets in the banking system have reached unacceptably high levels and urgent measures are required for their resolution… And whereas Parliament is not in session and the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action,” the gazette notification stated.


Further details are awaited from Minister Arun Jaitley’s press conference later today. What is learnt so far is that the new framework may also allow state-owned to conduct open auctions of NPAs, wherein cash-rich public sector companies will be encouraged to buy such assets in their sector. It contains a set of fresh guidelines for public auction of assets by the state owned for the steel and power sector, which account for a majority of toxic assets.


The aim is to monitor progress on the top 35-40 non-performing assets of all These constitute 60 per cent of all NPAs by value.


The framework also envisages amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act to exempt commercial decisions by public sector from scrutiny by investigating agencies. Both the amendments are likely in the monsoon session of Parliament.


The government has asked to provide data on their top NPA accounts. It has also sought more information from consortium leaders.

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Arup Roychoudhury

Business Standard

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