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Over Rs 5 lakh crore recovered by banks from stressed loans: PM Modi

Over Rs 5 lakh crore recovered by banks from stressed loans: PM Modi

Addressing bankers at the symposium to 'Build Synergy for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth', PM Modi said banks have to now adopt a partnership model to help businesses thrive

PM Modi addressing bankers at the symposium to 'Build Synergy for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth' PM Modi addressing bankers at the symposium to 'Build Synergy for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Centre has supported the banking sector in every way, making the sector 'very strong' now. 

Addressing bankers at the symposium to 'Build Synergy for Seamless Credit Flow and Economic Growth', PM Modi said banks have to now adopt a partnership model to help businesses thrive and move away from the idea of being a loan "approver" to a loan "applicant".

He also exhorted banks to support wealth and job creators, and work proactively to improve the country's balance sheet.

"Banks have to support wealth creators and job creators ... It is time that banks, along with their own balance sheets, help increase the balance sheet of the country," PM Modi said.

"When someone runs away with bank loans, it is discussed a lot. But when a daring govt brings them back, nobody discusses it. More than Rs 5 Lakh crore have been recovered out of the lakhs and crores of rupees that were struck during the previous government's regime," he added.

PM Modi further stated that the recently set up National Asset Reconstruction Co (NARCL) would help resolve Rs 2 lakh crore worth stressed assets.

"Reforms in last six-seven years have led to banking sector in a strong position today ... We have addressed non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks, recapitalised banks, brought bankruptcy laws and strengthened debt recovery tribunal," PM Modi added.

The prime minister nudged bankers to offer "customised solutions" to businesses and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). "Don't wait for customers to come to banks. You have to go to them," he said.

Stating that banks have adequate liquidity and non-performing loans are lowest in five years, the prime minister said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the banking sector has remained strong in the first half (April-September) in current fiscal. This has led to an upgrade in sector outlook by international agencies.

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