RBI asks banks to improve NPA management

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank today asked banks to improve their ability to manage stressed assets, but said there was nothing alarming about an unexpected rise in the NPA levels this fiscal.

"Concerns (on NPA) are there. Banks have to improve their ability to manage NPAs. We have told banks what is their lacuna. They have to improve their information system. But we see that the situation is not alarming. Though this is our concern. Hope banks will be able to manage them," deputy governor KC Chakrabarty told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by Yes Bank here.

It can be noted that following the continued slowdown in economic activities on the back of rising interest rate regime, banks, especially the state-run ones, have been reporting higher NPAs in their books since the second quarter.

The country`s largest lender SBI had reported record gross NPAs in Q3 at Rs 40,080 crore and saw an 87.5 percent spike in its provisioning. But private lenders are better off.

The total NPAs in the system are set to top 3 percent of the total assets this fiscal, against a 2.3 percent last fiscal at Rs 98,000 crore.

But what`s worrying the regulator is the an over 300 percent spike in corporate debt recast this fiscal, which has already touched Rs 76,251, against Rs 25054 crore in the previous fiscal. This makes the overall CDR asset in the system to over Rs 1.9 trillion.