Piyush Goyal announces committee to set up Asset Reconstruction Company

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal at a press conference in Mumbai.   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday announced setting up of a committee to give recommendations in two weeks on formation of an Asset Reconstruction Company for faster resolution of stressed accounts.

After meeting the heads of State-owned banks, Mr. Goyal said the government “stands solidly behind each of the 21 public sector banks (PSBs)”.

The committee under Sunil Mehta, non-executive chairman of Punjab National Bank (PNB), will make recommendations in two weeks on setting up of an Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) or Asset Management Company (AMC) for faster resolution of stressed accounts, he told reporters in Mumbai.

Most of the stressed assets have been identified that could fit into the ARC or AMC structure, he said.

Also, banks will consider having oversight committees with external experts to help faster decision making and resolving stressed accounts in a transparent and speedy manner.

Mr. Goyal said discussions during the meeting focused on credit flow and banks devising mechanism to ensure credit flow to good borrowers should not face difficulties.

Risks need to be mitigated to support economy, he said, adding that all bankers wished to set up a mechanism to enable faster resolution of stressed accounts.

He also said that all vacant positions of PSB heads will be filled in the next 30 days.

Suggestions about strengthening governance process and honest recognition of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans were discussed at the meeting, he said.

He assured that processes will be streamlined and customer interest protected.

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