RBI norm to help credit companies act swift on wilful defaulters

Jun 06 2014, 19:28 IST
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The idea is ensure information about wilful defaulters reach all credit institutions. The idea is ensure information about wilful defaulters reach all credit institutions.
SummaryThe RBI will soon issue guidelines for banks and credit institutions to report data on wilful defaulters...

The RBI will soon issue guidelines for banks and credit institutions to report data on wilful defaulters on a real-time basis, including in cases where lenders have filed suit against borrowers and in non-suit filed cases, directly to credit information companies (CIC) such as CIBIL and to Sebi.

The idea is ensure information about wilful defaulters reach all credit institutions and the concerned regulators on a real-time basis, without any delay. Reporting to Sebi is to ensure the promoters of such entities are prevented from raising money through the capital market route.

Credit institutions, which will be asked to follow the new guidelines include banks, financial institutions (FI), non-banking finance companies, housing finance companies, urban cooperative banks, regional rural banks and state financial corporations.

At present, only banks and FIs submit information, and that too on a quarterly basis, to the RBI a list of defaulters of Rs 1 crore and above (only non-suit filed accounts, that is cases where suits have not been filed but were classified as doubtful / loss accounts) and the list of wilful defaulters of Rs 25 lakh and above (non-suit filed accounts). Banks and FIs also give to CIBIL information on wilful defaulters (only suit-filed cases, where lenders have filed suit against borrowers).

Doing away with this system, the new norms will mandate all credit institutions to report data regarding wilful defaulters in suit-filed and non-suit-filed cases a continuous basis directly to the CICs of which they (credit institutions) are members as well as to Sebi, official sources told FE. This is to prevent any delay in such report reaching CICs and Sebi.

The CICs currently operating in the country include CIBIL, Experian, Equifax and Highmark. The inclusion of all credit institutions besides banks and FIs is to ensure that wilful defaulters do not resort to borrowing from them after being excluded from the banking system.

The credit institutions will have to provide the current and historical data on wilful defaulters to the CICs and other authorities. The CICs then will have to ensure that the data on suit-filed cases is placed on their websites in a user-friendly manner, enabling people to search across different periods, amount of money involved and credit institutions.

The move follows similar recommendations by a panel led by the HDFC managing director Aditya Puri. In March, the RBI had called for comments/feedback from stakeholders on the report by

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