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It is a suggestion that sounds remarkably contemporary The image of the Rajya Sabha as a chamber of ideas has been reinforced many times in speeches made by members of the House down the years To take one exampleSitaram Yechurys 2011 speech Speaking on the Nalanda University BillYechury touched on complex ideas such as the concept of zeroinfinityeven Shivas tandava In spite of disruptions and disorderthe House continues to be a space for democratic argument and debate The writer is joint secretary in the Rajya Sabha [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | Published: February 9 2016 12:00 am Related News The banking sector in India dominated by state-owned banks or public-sector banks (PSBs) is ridden with multiple problems One that needs urgent attention is the high level of non-performing assets (NPAs) and restructured assets Stressed assets (NPAs plus loans that have been restructured) for scheduled commercial banks have steadily increased over the last five years to reach 113 per cent of total advances in September For the PSBs it was higher at 141 per cent Tackling this has to be a priority because banks which are gasping for breath today will be expected to gallop tomorrow when the demand for credit picks up Asking the government to hang all promoters who contributed to bad loans and forcing write-offs of Rs 114 lakh crore in the last three years (‘1140000000000: The great govt bank write-off’ The Indian Express February 8) is the easiest of all demands to make True some fat cats have had no skin in the game — put little equity and took on large debt They gold-plated expenditures added to their personal wealth and also displayed it in an obscene manner But it is also a fact that many others over-expanded in the hope that India would scale double-digit growth rates In doing so a large number got embroiled in debt Policy logjam in infrastructure and slowing domestic growth on top of an uncertain world economy — which has refused to stabilise after the 2008 crisis — have left the corporate sector weary While there is a case for bringing to book wilful defaulters and conniving bank managements targeting all and sundry will do immense damage How can the government resolve the NPA crisis It must put to use multiple instruments The first is to coax banks to identify bad assets In March 2015 the NPAs in absolute terms were as high as Rs 302 lakh crore or 46 per cent of total advances Stressed assets were as high as Rs 722 lakh crore Banking analysts estimate the actual quantum of stressed assets to be much higher and these range from Rs 115 lakh crore to Rs 165 lakh crore The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is goading banks in several ways to do this The NPAs eat into profits and that is why banks hide them In fact banks further lend to corporates and help them service their past loans Second the government must set up an asset reconstruction company (ARC) to buy these bad loans from banks There are 15 privately owned ARCs but they have failed because banks fear a witch-hunt by the government at a later date for having the NPAs at a particular discount The ARCs will buy bad assets only at a discount; so there is always an element of subjectivity in pricing If an ARC is funded by the government it will bring credibility to the plan With the sale of impaired assets at a discount banks will have to write off the amount and take a hit They will need additional capital far more than the Rs 70000 crore committed by the government over the next four years Providing for such amounts from the Union budget presents a challenge since the government has to increase spending to maintain the growth momentum while trying to meet the fiscal deficit target Here the government can take a leaf out of its own post-reforms handbook Between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s the government deployed a unique mechanism to recapitalise banks Monies to the tune of over Rs 20000 crore were provided to banks for capital but the banks in turn invested these in government bonds These were called recapitalisation bonds and were converted into marketable securities akin to government paper in subsequent years This exercise was budget-neutral meaning that there was no direct cash outgo and it did not add to the fiscal deficit An option that suits the present scenario TT Ram Mohan of IIM Ahmedabad estimates the total cost of recapitalisation including the proposed Rs 70000 crore to add up to Rs 150000 crore A cost-benefit exercise may not be straightforward because while costs are known benefits are not easily measurable Putting a number to the damage that an economy can suffer if a few big banks fail or if they are unable to fund the demands of a resurgent corporate sector will be more of guesswork Last but the most important reform is to seriously start the process of de-politicising banks In response to another recent report — ‘Govt plans to defuse ticking bank bomb’ (The Indian Express February 1) — wherein the plan was to “take the tumour (of NPAs) out” the head of a prominent think-tank said that “tumour” was not the right metaphor It should be “cirrhosis of the liver” he said adding that if alcohol abuse caused cirrhosis then its intake must be stopped first In the case of banks the government must get out and let them be professionally owned and managed This is a long haul and Indradhanush a plan announced last August is a babystep in that direction Clearly a lot needs to be done as laid out in the PJ Nayak committee’s recommendations While banks have been recapitalised in the past the government has so far stayed away from setting up an ARC fearing a moral hazard In the US the $475 billion worth Troubled Assets Relief Programme (TARP) which took over toxic assets of financial institutions and auto companies eventually earned the treasury $12 billion In India the moral hazard question arises only when banks are given a fresh lease without a haircut If bad loans are auctioned and banks forced to take a haircut then there is no real moral hazard The ARC can in turn sell these assets or where possible turn them around by changing the management of companies Of course the government needs to stay out of ARC operations and let it be managed by experts and professionals who are not constrained by public-sector salaries The exercise could well serve another purpose — showing the road ahead for overhauling the PSBs [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: September 12 2017 9:19 am Priyanka Panwar (L) has tested positive for a second time (Express file photo by Jaipal Singh) Related News Priyanka Panwar part of the 4×400 metre relay team which won gold at the 2014 Incheon Asiad has been banned for eight years — the sanction period for an athlete committing a second doping offence Priyanka’s ban is significant not only because she failed a dope test a second time but also due to the fact that she was at the national camp of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and part of the core group of runners being prepped for the Rio Olympics “The order was issued on Friday and today (Monday) it was conveyed to all parties concerned” National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) director general Navin Agarwal said Panwar’s samples were collected during the 56th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in July last year She tested positive for Mephentermine a stimulant and anabolic steroid AndrosteronePanwar was among the six runners of the relay squad who had tested positive in 2011 before the Asian Athletics Championships in one of the biggest doping scandals in Indian sport She had made a comeback after serving a two-year ban However Panwar’s lawyer Vidushpat Singhania said “There were many anomalies in the process of analysing the sample violations of procedure mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) itself on sample testing and reporting and principles of natural justice which will require thorough investigation” 1 year for Asian Youth champRohit Yadav Asian Youth champion in the javelin throw Rohit Yadav was banned for one year on Monday for failing a dope test during the 14th National Youth Athletics Championship in Hyderabad in April His sample had returned an adverse analytical finding for Stanozolol an anabolic steroid The Asian Youth Championships were held a month later but the positive test result came only on May 23 the final day of the Asian event During the course of the hearing of the anti-doping disciplinary panel Yadav’s counsel Parth Goswami stated that the athlete came from a humble background and had no knowledge as to how the prohibited substance entered his body The counsel also stated that as Yadav 16 was a minor a degree of leniency should be exercised in his case For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related Newstook up the issue of 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