Gross NPAs of PSU banks quadruple in last 4 years to ₹8.45 lakh crore

Lok Sabha was told on August 3 that gross NPAs of PSU banks have quadrupled to ₹8.45 lakh crores over past 4 years due to aggressive lending, wilful default, loan frauds, corruption, economic slowdown

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The total gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks (PSBs) quadrupled to ₹8.45 lakh crore in the last four years, Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla told the Lok Sabha on Friday, August 3.

The aggregate gross NPAs of PSBs rose from ₹2,16,739 crore on March 31, 2014 to ₹8,45,475 crore on March 31, 2018, according to provisional data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on domestic operations, Shukla said in his written reply.

The minister, however, said the surge in total gross NPA was due to more transparent recognition of stressed assets as NPAs.

The Asset Quality Review (AQR) carried out in 2015 for clean and fully provisioned bank balance-sheets had revealed high incidence of NPAs. Expected losses on stressed loans, not provided for earlier under flexibility given to restructured loans, were reclassified as NPAs and provided for expected losses, he said.

Shukla said the main reasons for the spurt in stressed assets of PSU banks was due to aggressive lending practices, wilful default, loan frauds, corruption in some cases and economic slowdown

As per global operations data of RBI, the gross advances of Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) had risen from ₹25 lakh crore as on March 31, 2008 to ₹69 lakh crore as on March 31, 2014.

Shukla said the main reasons for the spurt in stressed assets was due to aggressive lending practices, wilful default, loan frauds, corruption in some cases and economic slowdown.

Further, the minister said the gross NPAs of six PSBs who have declared unaudited financial results for the first quarter of the current financial year has declined by ₹4,464 crore as against their gross NPAs as on March 31, 2018.

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