Growth in unsecured loans is on account of a surge in discretionary spending, increased availability of customer data, faster disbursements driven by technology, and lower interest rates in some segments.
A bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur said that a “sensible and sensitive” approach is required to overhaul the entire system, which today has scores of people and entities with outstanding to the tunes of crore of rupees.
The legacy of unplanned hiring in past decades, the dizzying pace of recent technological change, and the new, unprecedented competition threaten to reduce Indian government banks to zombies five years from now, says P Vaidyanathan Iyer.
In the last three years, public sector banks have written off Rs 1,14,000 crore as reported by The Indian Express on February 8. The Finance Ministry, RBI and SBI sent separate letters to the newspaper arguing that write-offs did not mean all was lost.