RBI acts to counter bad loans

MUMBAI Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:48pm IST

A cashier counts rupees inside a bank in Mumbai December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

A cashier counts rupees inside a bank in Mumbai December 6, 2013.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday released a framework to help banks recover bad debts in an effort to ease the financial stress on lenders as the economy slows.

The RBI wants to improve early identification and timely restructuring of assets and, amongst other measures, proposed reforming the restructuring process by mandating independent evaluation of large value restructurings.

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In December the central bank had proposed rules for early detection of financial distress.

Concern over banks' bad loans has been growing among policymakers in recent months as economic growth subsided to its slowest pace in a decade.

Stressed loans in India - those categorised as bad and restructured - total $100 billion, or about 10 percent of all loans.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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