SBI chief does not see credit pick up before March quarter

Mumbai: State Bank of India chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya today said bank credit is not picking up despite the seeming revival in the economy, adding that an improvement is not likely before the March quarter.

 SBI chief does not see credit pick up before March quarter

SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya. PTI

"Credit pick-up is still tepid and you need to have a longer view. I think credit pick-up is likely to start picking up only in the last quarter of current fiscal," Bhattacharya told PTI here today.

Bank credit growth has been tripping for many months and according to the latest data released by RBI last week, non-food credit inched up to just 7.7 per cent in June against 13 percent a year ago and 9 percent in May.

In June, credit to industry rose by a poor 4.1 percent against that of 10.2 percent in June, 2014.

"Deceleration in credit growth to industry was observed in all major sub-sectors," RBI had said, adding that advances to the services sector rose 6 per cent as compared to 13.6 percent in the same month last year.

Bhattacharya was speaking on the sidelines of announcing the entry of the Employees Provident Fund
Organisation to invest in equity through SBI Mutual Fund ETFs.

She maintained that investors should look for modes of investment other than bank deposits.

"Bank deposits can not be the only safe and good way of investment and people have to look for other areas of investment. Today, most of the people keep maximum of their investible money in bank deposits," she said.

"We must know how to trust the market and we must know how to operate in the market. If we don't know how to do it in a faster manner then we can go for investing in mutual funds," she added.

The SBI chief hinted that both deposit and lending rates will come down due to the easing cycle which is
prevailing at present.

"The deposit rate will come down. Lending rate is currently at a particular level. Still, I do believe that it is an easing cycle and hence I am hopeful that both deposit and lending rates will come down," she said without giving the quantum of the rates coming down," she said.

Asked to comment on NPA, Bhattacharya only said "the stresses are easing on the NPA scenario."


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Updated Date: Aug 06, 2015 23:04:52 IST