Banks express concern over RBI’s credit rules for large borrowers

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Banks have raised concerns on Reserve Bank of India’s new norms for bank exposure to large corporate entities, particularly in large infrastructure projects.

“The new norms will have definite impact on large infrastructure projects,”SBI managing director (compliance & risks) P.K. Gupta said at the banking summit organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce here.

“We as an industry have raised concerns with the RBI Governor and asked to look into it.”

There could be some concerns for financing large infrastructure projects, particularly greenfield projects, he later told newsmen.

As per the new RBI norms, which will come into affect from April 1, 2017, incremental exposure of banking system to a specified borrower beyond normally permitted lending limit (NPLL) will be deemed to carry higher risk which will be recognised by way of additional provisioning and higher risk weight.

Borrower with an aggregate of the fund—based credit limits (ASCL) of more than Rs 25,000 crore at any time during 2017—18 banking system can only lend up to 50 per cent of the incremental fund requirements and remaining have to be raised from the market or equity, Gupta said.

Mr. Gupta indicated that for large infrastructure projects ability to raise funds from market before completion could get restricted due to reasons like not having credit rating.

The exposure limit will get reduced to Rs 15,000 crore at any time during 2018—19 and Rs 10,000 crore at any time from April 1, 2019. RBI proposes to create NPLL, which is defined as 50 per cent of the incremental funds raised by the borrower over and above ASCL from the date it becomes a specified borrower. Bandhan Bank CMD C. S. Ghosh said RBI’s proposal would help reduce the banks’ exposure to large corporate entities.

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