Strategists expect India’s marquee lenders to withstand the impact of a slowing economy thanks to robust provisioning and new measures that will allow them to hide the true extent of their bad loans through 2022.
SBI Press Conference HIGHLIGHTS: State Bank of India’s (SBI) Chairman Dinesh Khara talked about loans for SMEs, Covid-19 resurgence, and RBI’s relief measures of 5 May 2021 in a press conference on May 30, 2021. Chairman Khara explained how RBI’s SME loan relief measures, which were announced on May 5, 2021, will be rolled out. He informed that PSBs have formulated templated approach for restructuring loans to individuals, small businesses and MSMEs up to Rs 25 crore. In order to approach bank for resolution, customers can file an application on the portal at the bank website, they can make manual submission of applications at the branch. Khara also informed that government will provide 100 per cent guarantee cover to loans up to Rs 2 crore to hospitals/nursing homes etc for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants, interest rate capped at 7.5%. The validity of ECLGS has also been extended to September 30, 2021, or till guarantees for an amount of Rs 3 lakh crore is issued. The disbursement under the scheme has been permitted up to December 31, 2021.