About 20% SBI borrowers avail loan repayment moratorium; banks can go for debt recast: Chairman Rajnish Kumar

The SBI chairman advised borrowers to pay their loans if they are not facing any funding challenge.

Press Trust of India May 22, 2020 19:17:42 IST
About 20% SBI borrowers avail loan repayment moratorium; banks can go for debt recast: Chairman Rajnish Kumar

Mumbai: State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar on Friday said close to 20 percent of the bank's borrowers have availed moratorium on repayment of term loans instalments.

On 27 March, the central bank had announced a three-month moratorium on payment of all term loans falling due between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020.

On Friday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed banks and other lending institutions to extend the moratorium on loans by another three months -- from 1 June 2020 to 31 August 2020.

About 20 SBI borrowers avail loan repayment moratorium banks can go for debt recast Chairman Rajnish Kumar

File image of SBI chief Rajnish Kumar. News18

"In case of State Bank of India, the percentage (of borrowers who have availed the moratorium) is very small…around 20 percent," Kumar told reporters through a video conference.

He said not all who have availed the moratorium are facing any liquidity issue.

"Many of them could have serviced their loans but as a matter of strategy they would want to preserve their cash and have opted for the moratorium,” he said.

Kumar also advised borrowers to pay their loans if they are not facing any funding challenge.

"If people are able to pay (EMIs) they should pay. If they are unable to pay then only they should take the benefit of the moratorium," he said.

According to Kumar, the RBI's moratorium will take care of the cashflow disruption of borrowers and there might not be any urgent need for a dispensation of one-time restructuring of stressed accounts from the RBI.

"Right now, the moratorium will take care of the situation around the cash flow disruptions. I would not be obsessed with one-time restructuring at this particular point of time when we have time till 31 August," he said.

He, however, said banks can go for debt recast even today as per 7 June circular of the RBI.

Banks and NBFCs have been requesting the RBI to allow them for one-time restructuring of their accounts where the borrowers are facing funding issues.

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