In liquidity push, PSBs plan ‘loan melas’ in 400 districts

Customers can take any type of loan: Finance Minister
In a bid to dispel the notion that only the banks have liquidity and it is not flowing to the NBFCs and the customers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that all scheduled banks would hold large gatherings in 400 districts, where customers can take any type of loan they want from the banks and the NBFCs partnering with them. The Finance Ministry, in a release, said banks had entered into 14 tie-ups with NBFCs for co-originating loans, with another 36 tie-ups in the pipeline.
She said no MSME-stressed loan would be classified as non-performing asset until March 31, 2020.
“The perception is that the banks have the liquidity, and this is not going to the NBFCs and from there to the end-customers,” she said at a press conference, after meeting the heads of public sector banks. “We have decided that in 200 districts, between now and September 29, there will be gatherings organised by banks of the NBFCs they have partnered with,” she added. Another 200 districts will see these gatherings organised between October 10-15.
The programme, which will be headed by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, is meant to encourage customers to avail of not just retail, agriculture, and MSME loans, but also loans for vehicles and housing, and Mudra loans. “In public, the banks will show that they are pushing liquidity into the system,” Ms. Sitharaman said.
The Finance Minister added that she has asked banks to try to get five new borrowers for every existing customer availing of a loan.
“There are several MSMEs that want a one-time settlement of their dues,” Ms Sitharaman said. “We have instructed the banks to give us the number of such cases between July 1 and September 30.”
Another 200 districts will see these gatherings organised between October 10-15.
The programme, which will be headed by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, is meant to encourage customers to avail of not just retail, agriculture, and MSME loans, but also loans for vehicles and housing, and Mudra loans. “In public, the banks will show that they are pushing liquidity into the system,” Ms. Sitharaman said.
The Finance Minister said she has asked banks to try to get five new borrowers for every existing customer availing of a loan.
“There are several MSMEs that want a one-time settlement of their dues,” Ms. Sitharaman said.
“We have instructed the banks to give us the number of such cases between July 1 and September 30.”
“We have told the banks that no MSME-stressed loan will be classified as an NPA until March 31, 2020 and the banks will have to work with these MSMEs to see how to resolve the stress, even if that means additional credit need to be given,” Ms. Sitharaman added.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/in-liquidity-push-psbs-plan-loan-melas-in-400-districts/article29463780.ece

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