Bad loan crisis: Arun Jaitley says visible action on NPA’s soon

Bad loan crisis: Arun Jaitley says visible action on NPA’s soon

The resolution of the vexed issue of massive non-performing assets (NPAs) in the banking system is a work in progress and some “visible action” will be initiated over the next few days under the NPA ordinance promulgated recently, finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

By: FE Bureau | New Delhi | Published: June 2, 2017 8:29 AM
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The resolution of the vexed issue of massive non-performing assets (NPAs) in the banking system is a work in progress and some “visible action” will be initiated over the next few days under the NPA ordinance promulgated recently, finance and defence minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

“The RBI was taking measures under the existing mechanism. We have now taken other steps and there would be visible action taken under the new mechanism in the next few days,” Jaitley said, addressing media on achievements of the ministries under him over the past three years. The Centre won’t provide any special package to any state to waive farm loans but the states are free to spend from their own budgets should they take any such decision, the minister said.

Here are edited excerpts from FM’s media briefing:

On NPAs and other things constraining private investments
Massive toxic assets impact the ability of banks to support growth, although record levels of foreign direct investments (gross FDI inflows touched $60 billion in 2016-17) and higher government spending have offset inadequate private investments to a certain extent. Linked to it (NPAs) is the challenge of wanting to increase private sector investment, even though our FDI and public investments have significantly increased. And of course there is a significant (adverse) impact of the global situation also (on private investments).

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