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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Finance

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 3791

TO BE ANSWERED ON 29.04.2008

Default Retail Debts Question.

3791.

SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether it is a fact that the Default Retail Debts amounting to hundreds of crores have been transferred by private/Government banks to Asset Reconstruction Companies;
(b) what is the actual total amount of retail assets gone bad, transferred to Asset Reconstruction Companies;
(c) the authority responsible for overseeing Asset Reconstruction Companies and how do they recover these bad loans;

(d) whether it is also a fact that these Asset Reconstruction Companies are in turn often selling these bad debts at huge discounts; and

(e) if so, the details of such transfer thereof?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL)

(a) & (b): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reported that till December 31, 2007 default retail debts amounting to Rs. 36,235.56 Crore (Book value) have been transferred by the private/Government Banks/Financial Institutions (FIs) to six Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) registered with RBI, at an acquisition price of Rs.9,159.73 Crore

(c): RBI is responsible for overseeing the operations of ARCs. These companies are granted the Certificate of Registration by RBI under the Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act, 2002).
RBI has prescribed detailed guidelines on sale of financial assets by banks/FIs to Securitization Company (SC)/ Reconstruction Company (RC) vide Circular dated April 23, 2003. These guidelines prescribe the following: The SARFAESI Act, 2002 allows acquisition of financial assets by SC/RC from any bank/ FI on such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon between them. This provides for sale of the financial assets on ‘without recourse’ basis, i.e., with the entire credit risk associated with the financial assets being transferred to SC/ RC, as well as on ‘with recourse’ basis, i.e., subject to unrealized part of the asset reverting to the seller bank/ FI. They are, however, directed to ensure that the effect of the sale of the financial assets should be such that the asset is taken off their books. After the sale there should not be any known liability devolving on the banks/ FIs.

Banks/ FIs, which propose to sell to SC/RC their financial assets should ensure that the sale is conducted in a prudent manner in accordance with a policy approved by their Board. The Board shall lay down policies and guidelines covering, inter alia, financial assets to be sold, norms and procedure for sale of such financial assets, valuation procedure to be followed and delegation of powers of various functionaries.

Each bank / FI will make its own assessment of the value offered by the SC /RC for the financial asset and decide whether to accept or reject the offer. Under no circumstances can a transfer to the SC/ RC be made at a contingent price whereby in the event of shortfall in the realization by the SC/ RC, the banks/ FIs would have to bear a part of the shortfall.

(d) & (e): Since ARCs operate on commercial lines it is unlikely that assets at huge discounts to purchase value are sold.