FM Sitharaman to review banking situation, credit offtake with PSB chiefs

Minister will hold a review meeting with CEOs of public sector (PSBs) on Friday to discuss various issues, including credit offtake, as part of efforts to prop up the coronavirus-hit economy, PTI reported quoting unnamed sources.

The meeting was scheduled on May 11 but was deferred due to the stimulus package announcements.

The meeting, to be held via video-conferencing, will also take stock of interest rate transmission to borrowers by and progress on the moratorium on loan repayments, the sources said.

The RBI had on March 27 slashed the benchmark interest rate by a massive 75 basis points and also announced a three-month moratorium to be given by to provide relief to borrowers whose income has been hit due to the

Besides, CEOs of public sector financial institutions will also be present at the meeting.

The meeting assumes significance in light of the over Rs 20 lakh crore comprehensive economic package announced for the economy reeling under the COVID-19 crisis.

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved additional funding of up to Rs 3 lakh crore at a concessional rate of 9.25 per cent through the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for the MSME sector hit hard by the crisis.

Earlier this month, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das held a meeting with heads of both public and private sector banks to take stock of the economic situation and review implementation of various measures announced by the central bank.

The deployment of excessive funds by banks under the reverse repo route may also come up for discussion on Friday, sources said.

Besides, progress under the targeted long-term repo operations (TLTRO) for the NBFC sector and microfinance institutions (MFIs), and sanctions under the COVID-19 emergency credit line will also be reviewed.

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