Relaxed rules show decline in NPLs; banks asked to recover loans from defaulters

January 26, 2021 08:26:37

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January 26, 2021 11:20:14

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Monday said the volume of defaulted loans has decreased in the banking sector due to the simplification of rules and regulations by the central bank.

He said the non-performing loans (NPLs) dropped by Tk 177.37 billion to September 2020.

His response came in a written reply to a question in parliament.

The outstanding classified loans stood at Tk 944.4 billion as of September last year, according to Bangladesh Bank data.

The finance minister said the central bank has relaxed several rules relating to loan classifications, including a 360-day exit plan that helped reduce default loans.

A relaxed rescheduling facility was offered to defaulters in 2019 that allowed them to regularise NPLs by way of giving 2.0 per cent down payment, which slashed classified loans in banks.

He said the central bank announced a loan facility for the productive and other sectors in 2020 to tackle the economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Banks have also been asked to form monitoring cells in order to recover the unpaid loans from top defaulters, each having NPLs worth over Tk 1.0 billion.

He said written-off loans worth Tk 6.88 have been realised.

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