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Finance Ministry for 40% recover rate from written-off loans

Voices concern over current less than 15% recovery rate in PSBs; DFS will soon hold a meeting with banks

Finance Ministry for 40% recover rate from written-off loans

Finance Ministry for 40% recover rate from written-off loans

Socialising Bad Debt

- Banks written off Rs11.17 lakh cr in last 6 years till FY22

- PSBs account for Rs8,16,421 cr, pvt banks wrote off Rs3.01L cr

- Banks write off NPAs to clean up their balance sheet, avail tax benefits

New Delhi: Worried over the low recovery rate from written-off accounts, the Finance Ministry has asked state-owned lenders to increase it to about 40 per cent, sources said.

Currently, the recovery rate from written-off accounts is less than 15 per cent. Public sector banks (PSBs) could recover only 14 per cent of the written-off loans worth Rs7.34 lakh crore in the last five years ended March 2022. Of Rs7.34 lakh crore written-off loans, state-owned lenders recovered Rs1.03 lakh crore. So after recovery, the net written-off stood at Rs6.31 lakh crore at the end of March 2022.

It seems that after the write off banks get complacent about recovery from those non-performing assets (NPAs), the sources said, adding, this level of recovery is not acceptable. Besides, they said, higher recovery from written-off accounts directly adds to their bottomline and improves their capital. To review the situation on the issue, the sources said, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) would soon hold a meeting with senior officials of PSBs.

The proposed meeting would take stock of pending cases with regard to such accounts in various courts, including Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) and Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT). Banks have been directed to be more proactive with regard to big written-off accounts. Banks have written off Rs11.17 lakh crore as bad loans from their books in the last six years till the financial year 2021-22.

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