Centre approves Rs 30,600 cr sovereign guarantee for bad bank

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11:05 PM IST
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New Delhi, Sep 16 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference, in New Delhi on Thursday. | (ANI Photo)

NEW DELHI: The government has cleared a sovereign guarantee of Rs 30,600 crore for the country’s first bad bank – the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) – proposed in the Union Budget.

A bad bank is an entity set up to buy the bad loans of another financial institution. The guarantee will take care of the security receipts issued by the NARCL, in which the majority 51 per cent stake will be held by public sector banks.

The government guarantee will allow banks to transfer their non-performing assets (NPAs) to NARCL, which will buy the stressed assets on payment of 15 per cent of the amount in cash and the balance 85 per cent in security receipts.

The government guarantee will be available on the gap between the face value and actual realised value of the assets to ensure that banks do not lose out on stressed asset sale while also helping to clean up their balance sheet.

The guarantee on security receipts will be available for a period of five years to ensure that resolution of bad assets happens in a time-bound manner without any delay. The incentive of government guarantee would cease if asset resolution takes more than five years.

The government has identified Rs 2 lakh crore of stressed assets in the banking sector to be transferred to the NARCL. However, in the first phase, it would take up fully-provided bad assets worth Rs 90,000 crore.

Giving details of the latest reform initiative taken by the government to clean up the banking sector, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that in the last six financial years, banks have already recovered Rs 5,01,479 crore. Of this, Rs 3.1 lakh crore has been recovered since March 2018.

Sitharaman added that the government guarantee will give more confidence to the lenders to sell their assets to NARCL.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the Finance Minister also said that apart from NARCL, the government is also setting up an India Debt Resolution Company Ltd to manage NPAs. In this company, PSBs and state-owned financial institutions will own 49 per cent stake.

She added that private sector banks will also hold stake in it.

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