Mar 01, 2012, 12.15 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

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RBI has met bankers to sensitize them about the rising bad loan situation. However, bankers say non-performing loans are at manageable level. Bankers have requested the central for some clarity on guidelines related to restructure accounts, reports CNBC-TV18.

Pratip Chaudhuri , Chairman, SBI

RBI has met bankers to sensitise them about the rising bad loan situation. However, bankers say non-performing loans are at manageable level. Bankers have requested the central for some clarity on guidelines related to restructure accounts, reports CNBC-TV18.

Top bankers today sought more clarity from RBI about classification of bad accounts anddemanded that they be given flexibility in dealing with restructured loans.

"Today, there is a lot of mystery about what is a restructured asset. Everything restructured is seen as equivalent to NPA (non-performing asset) ... the restructuring definition should have a timeline," State Bank of India Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told reporters outside the RBI headquarters after a two-hour-long meeting with the Reserve Bank officials.

"We wanted that RBI gives clear guidelines so that when the auditors come in there is no confusion and there is no divergence in approach," he added.

The Chairman of the largest lender, which in December reported a near 90% spike in NPA provisions, said the banks pointed out to RBI that after the probation period, if an account performs alright, it should not be branded as restructured for all the time.

Chaudhuri attended a specially-convened meeting with RBI Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty called to assess the bad asset situation in the banking system.

Chaudhuri further said the classification of a recast account is a "gray area" now and hence banks have requested for a timeline of a year-long regular repayment by the restructured account to turn it as a standard asset.

It can be noted that a re-classification of accounts will help banks conserve capital as a restructured account demands more provisioning as opposed to a standard one.

(With inputs from PTI)

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