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RBI lists 240 new accounts for NPA tag

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New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has sent a fresh list of 240 accounts to state-owned banks asking them to recognise these loans as NPAs, if not already done.
The new set of accounts that could be classified as bad loans include credit to Reliance Naval, JSPL and Ratnagiri Gas.
The RBI directive comes as it has started the second round of asset quality review (AQR). The central bank wants to know if lenders have classified these accounts and have provided provisions against them, sources said.
The Reserve Bank had launched AQR in the second half of 2015 under which its inspectors checked the books of all banks and identified bad assets.
The second round AQR assumes extra significance because the RBI is asking banks to recognise them as NPA from a back date, if they haven’t identified them as NPAs already. The NPA classification with retrospective effect would mean higher provisions which would impact their lending potential and bottom lines.
Sources said yet another list of NPAs could be released in September quarter because a new bunch of NPAs are being reported. The asset quality checks have resulted in 11 public sector banks being put under the regulator’s prompt corrective action framework.
Some of the accounts that figure in the fresh list include Teesta Uria, Tamil Nadu Genco, Lalitpur Power Genco, JP Power Ventures, Haldia Petrochem, Lanco Kondapalli, Rolta India, Jindal India Thermal Teesta Uria, Tamil Nadu Genco, Lalitpur Power Genco, JP Power Ventures, Haldia Petrochem, Lanco Kondapalli, Rolta India, Jindal India Thermal, Lanco Vidarbha, GMR Kamlanga, Patel Engineering, Juniper Hotels, Patna Highway, KSK Mahanadi, Lanco Res Intl, Lanco Babandh, Habua Power, Udupi Power, Bhavnagar Energy. Most of them have already been identified as non-performing assets (NPAs).
The RBI has sent the list of stressed accounts to each bank individually and soug-ht details regarding asset cl-assification and provisioning. Lenders are in the proc-ess of submitting their resp-onses to the regulator’s queries. Many in the list have been identified as NPAs but the RBI wants to ensure NPAs are not out of sight on classification, a source said.
The income recognition and asset classification (IRAC) norms require banks to set aside 15 per cent of a loan exposure as provisioning in the first year of an account being classified as NPA. The amount of provisioning increases with each year that the account continues to be an NPA. By the fourth year of a bad loan, banks are required to fully provide against the underlying loan amount.


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CBDT refutes social media rumours on ITR filing, says no change in IT return forms

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New Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has refuted rumours in social media regarding difficulties in filing return of income by taxpayers, stating that no change has been made in income-tax return (ITR) forms.

“No changes have been made in any of the Income-tax Return (ITR) forms including ITR-2 and ITR-3 since the notification made on April 1 2019, i.e. on the 1st day of the Assessment Year 2019-20,” CBDT said.

“It is reiterated that there are no changes in the notified ITR forms; only the utility has been updated to facilitate the taxpayers. Therefore, the assertion that numerous changes have been made in ITR-2 and ITR-3 on July 11, 2019, does not give a correct picture,” it added.

 

There were reports in social media that the taxpayers were facing difficulties in filing return of income in ITR-2 & ITR-3 due to large scale changes in the ITR form on July 11.

CBDT stated that the software utility for e-filing of all the ITR forms were released long back. The utility for e-filing ITR-2 and ITR-3 was released on May 2 and on May 10 respectively.

However, the software utility update is a dynamic process and is continuously taken up as per the feedback received from the users/filers to ease their experience in electronic filing of returns, it added.

CBDT further clarified that the updating of utility does not hamper filing of return as the taxpayers are allowed to file using the utility which is available at that point of time.

“For example, more than 85 lakh taxpayers have filed returns in ITR-1 till date by using the said utility, which has also undergone update later. Therefore, the impression that the taxpayers are not able to file return due to changes in ITR form is also not correct as more than 1.38 crore taxpayers have already filed their returns by using the utility released till date. Even though the utility is being updated regularly to provide ease to taxpayers, the returns filed by using the previous version of utility will continue to be valid,” it said.

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Lagarde resigns as IMF chief, starting race for her successor

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Washington: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde submitted her resignation from the global crisis lender, citing more clarity about her nomination to lead the European Central Bank as European legislators approved a new top bureaucrat.

Lagarde said in a statement her resignation was effective Sept 12, firing the starting gun for the IMF’s search for her successor, which is likely to be another European.

“With greater clarity now on the process for my nomination as ECB President and the time it will take, I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund,” Lagarde said in a statement.

 

She said her resignation would expedite the selection for the next head of the IMF.

IMF succession is expected to be a major topic of discussion among G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in Chantilly, France, near Paris amid concerns that slowing global growth and trade conflicts will pressure vulnerable economies.

Lagarde’s resignation, first reported by Reuters, came two weeks after her nomination on July 2 for the ECB’s top job. She did not immediately quit the IMF because of uncertainty over whether the new European Parliament would support her and other new EU leadership positions, sources told Reuters.

Her nomination was part of a package of top officials agreed by EU governments that included German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president, who drew Green party opposition.

Later on Tuesday, von der Leyen was approved by the European Parliament in a 383-327 vote.

The European parliament will hold a nonbinding vote on Lagarde’s appointment, which is expected to be finalized by EU leaders at a regular summit on Oct 17-18.

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Centre to launch portal to help Jet Airways staff find jobs, in touch with SpiceJet and IndiGo

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Mumbai: The government may not have extended support to now-defunct Jet Airways, but it has promised to facilitate employment to job-less airline staff.

The Civil Aviation Ministry is in touch with other private airlines such as SpiceJet and IndiGo to assist Jet staff get meaningful employment.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a website would be launched listing staff of Jet Airways and help find employment in other private entities.

 

“We are also producing a website which is ready. I wish I had the capacity of telling you that the website is up. Every employee would be listed there and the prospects for their re-employment or employment will be facilitated by the government,” Puri said while replying to Members in the Rajya Sabha on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The Minister, however, said that government cannot assume responsibility for a business failure conducted by a private party.

Referring to Jet Airways, Puri said he was sensitive to (business) failure and willing to see what can be done within the governmental system to cushion that failure.

“But to suggest that a private sector entity goes belly up and the government has to take the responsibility I don`t think that is correct,” the Minister said.

Run out of cash, Jet Airways had suspended its entire operations on April 17. Subsequently, the government re-allocated its slots and foreign traffic rights to rival carriers. Lenders to the airline led by State Bank of India (SBI) have initiated bankruptcy proceedings against it after all attempts to rope in a buyer failed.

Before the airline suspended its operation, it had nearly 20,000 staff on its rolls. Several hundreds of them are learnt to have joined other carriers.

Replying to Members on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, he also countered a comment that airfares had gone up.

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