PM Modi Draws Up Blueprint For Financial Inclusion, Asks Bankers To Be Proactive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged lenders to abandon their traditional approver-applicant mentality and instead treat consumers as collaborators in development by bolstering the administration's financial inclusiveness programs and immediately seeking out small businesses. He stressed that lenders should be prepared to invest in fresh proposals for the nation's equitable economic growth.

PM Modi claimed that the Indian banking industry is strong as a result of various reforms implemented over the previous six years, which enabled to bring instant relief to millions of poor people through quick money transfers into their 'Jan-Dhan' funds. He was speaking at a seminar in the capital on Creating Synergies for Seamless Providing Credit and Economic Progress.

He claimed that financial reforms implemented during his tenure not only dug up massive non-performing assets (NPAs) but also managed to recover approximately 5 lakh crore from intentional late payments and that another 2 lakh crore of nonperforming loans will be settled through the lately established National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. (NARCL).

According to a transparent Asset Quality Review (AQR) conducted all through the Modi administration's tenancy in 2015, gross nonperforming assets (NPAs) of public sector banks (PSBs) increased from 2,16,739 crore on 31st March 2014 to 8,95,601 crore on 31st March 2018, owing to haphazard financing to unscrupulous powerful individuals like Vijay Mallya in the old days. As per government statistics, it was reduced to 6,16,616 crore on 31st Marc, 2021, after the administration's four-R approach of recognition, resolution, recapitalization, and reformation.

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The Prime Minister claimed that the administration had improved banks by recapitalizing them and publicly handling their nonperforming assets (NPA) difficulties, citing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code as an example (IBC). In Hindi, he added that the Indian banks have grown so powerful that they are worthy of revitalizing the country's economy and giving it a significant push. They have the potential to help India become self-sufficient.

He urged bank executives to act more proactive, rather than waiting for customers to visit them, and to contact persons in need of money. He advised bankers to avoid the feeling of being an approver while the individual in front of them is an application, and that banks should embrace a model approach.

PM Modi emphasised the significance of leveraging data to better business and services. He used the instance of Goods and Services Tax (GST) records, which captures an entrepreneur's monetary record and which financial institutions should use to deliberately approach out ethical firms who may want funding to expand their operations.

Reminiscing about his high school years, when financial institutions were not taken over by the government and financial institutions utilised to take a trip to educational institutions to talk about the importance of account opening to youngsters, he said public sector banks must not linger for their clients to visit them; rather, banking institutions should confront at least 10 local micro, tiny, and medium-sized enterprises and giving additional assistance and advice to help them grow their businesses. Modi stated that now is the moment for banks to behave as wealth and job builders, which will assist the nation's balance sheet to improve.