FM to meet PSBs to discuss sharp drop in credit offtake

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 10, 2019 11:05 hrs
Nirmala Sitharaman (IANS Photo)

New Delhi: With Overall financial flows to the commercial sector declining sharply by 88 per cent during the first six months of the current financial year amid the slowdown in the economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called for a meeting with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) next week to consult on ways to boost credit offtake, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the latest RBI data, the flow of funds from banks and non-banks to the commercial sector has been Rs 90,995 crore in 2019-20 so far (April to mid-September) as against Rs 7,36,087 crore in the same period last year. The commercial sector does not include farming, manufacturing and transportation.

With the financial sector going through a turbulent phase, there was a reverse flow of Rs 1,25,600 crore from the commercial sector to non-deposit-taking NBFCs and deposit-taking NBFCs as against a flow of Rs 41,200 crore in the same period last year.

The meeting, scheduled to be held on October 14, will review fund flow to s tressed NBFC and MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sectors.

Banks are expected to present report card on partial credit guarantee scheme, their number of tie-ups and and fund raising from market to enhance their capital base.

The Centre in August issued guidelines on operationalising Rs 1 lakh crore partial guarantee scheme under which PSBs can purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound non-banking finance companies (NBFCs).

The meeting will also review first phase of outreach programme held across 250 districts across the country. This will be the second meeting of Sitharaman with CEOs of PSU banks in less than a month.

The first phase of 'Loan Mela' for providing credit to agriculture, vehicle, home, MSMEs, education and personal categories ended on October 7. The second phase will be held in 150 districts between October 21 and October 25, just before Diwali.