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Roundtable Discussion | Non-performing Assets (NPAs) in India

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Experts at the Brookings India NPA roundtable in Mumbai

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Shamika Ravi, Director of Research, Brookings India

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Bahram N, Vakil, Senior Partner, AZB

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Anand Sinha, Ex Deputy Governor, RBI

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Pradip Shah, Chairman, IndAsia Fund Advisors

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Nikhil K. Srivastav, Head of Special Situations, KKR

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Experts at the Brookings India NPA roundtable in Mumbai

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Experts at the Brookings India NPA roundtable in Mumbai

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(from left) Shamika Ravi and Pradip Shah

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(from left) Andreas Bauer, Shamika Ravi and Anand Sinha

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(from left) Shamika Ravi, Anand Sinha and Nikhil K. Srivastav

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Experts at the Brookings India NPA roundtable in Mumbai

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Andreas Bauer, Senior Resident Representative of India, Nepal & Bhutan

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Simon Mundy, Financial Times

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Read the discussion summary: How to solve issue of rising non-performing assets in Indian public sector banks

Abstract:

The Punjab National Bank corporate scandal of Rs 11,300 crore has once again thrown a light on the poor auditing standards at Indian firms. The mounting stock of bad loans, which amounts to over Rs 7 trillion, suggests that something has gone wrong with the process of financial intermediation in the banking sector and needs to be fixed.

Brookings India organised a roundtable discussion with experts from the banking industry, economists, former Governors of the Reserve Bank of India and members of the media to discuss the next steps towards resolving the Non-performing Asset Problem in the Indian banking sector. This is a priority for the Indian economy and remains a critical issue for the government and regulators.

Some of the points of discussion included:

  • The importance of organisational and governance changes, especially in public sector banks, to avoid the current homogenisation of the public sector banks.
  • Diagnostics required to identify possible evergreening of loans and organisational/policy changes needed to reduce incentives for the same.
  • Diagnostics required to screen out potential wilful/strategic defaulters, i.e. borrowers that have the ability to repay but not the willingness to repay.

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