RBI issues Master Direction on loan transfer

RBI issues Master Direction on loan transfer

The Reserve Bank on Friday issued Master Direction on loan transfer, requiring banks and other lending institutions to have a comprehensive board-approved policy for such transactions.

Loan transfers are resorted to by lending institutions for various reasons, ranging from liquidity management, rebalancing their exposures or strategic sales. Also, a robust secondary market in loans will help in creating additional avenues for raising liquidity, the RBI said.

The provisions of the direction are applicable to banks, all non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), including housing finance companies (HFCs), NABARD, NHB, EXIM Bank, and SIDBI.

The Master Direction has also prescribed a minimum holding period for different categories of loans after which they shall become eligible for transfer.

“The lenders must put in place a comprehensive Board approved policy for transfer and acquisition of loan exposures under these guidelines.

“These guidelines must…lay down the minimum quantitative and qualitative standards relating to due diligence, valuation, requisite IT systems for capture, storage and management of data, risk management, periodic Board level oversight, etc,” said the Master Direction.