Vijay C Roy
Chandigarh, June 5
The Reserve Bank of India has shown concern over the increase in non-performing assets (NPAs) under agriculture, MSME and Mudra loan in Haryana.
Perturbed over the issue, it has asked bankers to ensure effective monitoring of NPAs and reduction in their levels by taking appropriate steps in this regard.
What is worrisome is that except MSMEs, the NPAs of banks under agriculture and Mudra loan has further increased in the past year. According to the bankers, the unsustainable credit growth in the sector can risk the system.
According to bankers’ data, as on March 31, NPAs of banks in Haryana under agriculture loans was Rs 5,769 crore, which is 9.24 per cent of the total agriculture advances outstanding. A year back (as on March 31, 2021), it was 8 per cent or Rs 4,548 crore of the total outstanding.
Further, as far as Mudra loan is concerned, out of the total outstanding of Rs 6,204 crore as on March, Rs 695.50 crore was NPA, which is 11.24 per cent of the total outstanding. The NPA of the public sector banks was over 18.63 per cent, followed by Sarv Haryana Gramin Bank (10.84 per cent) and private sector banks (3.55 per cent).
According to sources, NPAs of public sector banks was higher because they have huge exposure to the loans compared to others. A year ago, the total NPA of all the banks under Mudra loan was 8 per cent or Rs 475.70 crore.
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There is a little improvement in MSMEs recovery as NPA under MSMEs advances was Rs 496 crore (5 per cent) of the total collateral free loan outstanding at the end of last fiscal year. As on March 31, 2021, the NPA under MSMEs advances was 6 per cent or Rs 499 crore of the total loans sanctioned under the collateral free.
Expressing concern, the Reserve Bank of India has also advised the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) to chalk out a Monitorable Action Plan (MAP) to step up the recovery mechanism in a time-bound manner along with other corrective measures for reducing the NPA under agriculture, MSME and Mudra loans. SLBC has also been advised to deliberate the MAP as regular agenda items in SLBC meetings.