Source: LiveMint.com, Jan 16, 2019
Mumbai: A central bank rule mandating disclosure of loan default even if it is just by a day is putting the fear of god in big borrowers. Borrowers, who owe more than ₹5 crore, are gradually regularizing repayments following the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) 12 February circular asking banks to disclose any payment default, shows data accessed by Mint.
Responding to a Right to Information (RTI) query from Mint, RBI said the total outstanding loans of borrowers, who defaulted on bank loans (under the one-day default norm), has declined more than 60% to ₹55,070 crore on 30 September 2018 from ₹1.53 trillion on 30 June. To be sure, these are not soured assets, but loans where borrowers did not pay instalments on time. However, the data also shows that one-day defaults dipped to a low of ₹50,306 crore on 31 August from ₹91,280 crore on 31 July and rose 9% in September. Read the rest of this entry »