Monday, August 3, 2015

NPAs - the perpetrators go scot free

If the RBI and MoF representatives on the Boards of Banks had prevented approvals of some corporate loans and brought collective wisdom to do due diligence, NPAs would not have reached the current unsustaining levels. Otherwise, how could one explain the debacle like that of King Fisher sanctioned on the basis of Brand as collateral thousands of crores on the instance of the then Chairman of the SBI. And this Chairman goes scot free royal. The successors have to cool their heels. 

It is important that the regulators get out of Boards of PSBs. Government of India, as owner, would do well to provide equity and discipline by sending more qualified representatives on the PSB boards and not the persons who are trying to learn the alphabets of banking. By being in the MoF for donkey years does not make one an expert in banking and finance!!

This is my response to Mrs Usha Thorat's article on the subject in Live Mint dated 15th july 2015.