The Finance Ministry on Monday held a meeting with senior officials of public sector banks (PSBs) to review their efforts for loan recovery, including from Kingfisher Airlines. “This is routine review meeting to assess various recovery efforts. We are stepping up recovery efforts,” a senior official told PTI. Asked if Kingfisher’s bad loans were part of the discussions, the official said that all the cases of defaults were reviewed.
The meeting convened was part of the ministry’s exercises to clean up balance sheets of PSBs. It also deliberated on the ways banks can be more proactive in dealing with cases of willful and genuine defaulters.
Gross NPAs of PSBs rose to Rs 3.61 lakh crore at the end of December 2015, while that of private lenders were at Rs 39,859 crore. Gross NPA ratio as percentage of advances rose to 7.30 per cent while for private banks, it stood at 2.36 per cent as of December-end. There are some 7,686 willful defaulters who owe Rs 66,190 crore to PSBs, 6,816 suits have been filed and FIR has been lodged in 1,669 cases.Banks have initiated action under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (Sarfaesi) Act in 584 such cases.