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BB asks banks to form special cell to monitor top defaulters

  • Published at 10:08 pm July 22nd, 2019
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Deputy managing director of the respective banks will lead the special monitoring cell

Bangladesh Bank on Monday asked all scheduled banks to form a special cell for monitoring their top defaulters having defaulted loans above Tk100crore in a bid to bring down the volume of bad loans in the sector.

The central bank issued a circular with immediate effect to the managing directors and CEOs of all scheduled banks in this regard yesterday.

Deputy managing director of the respective banks will lead the special monitoring cell, according to the circular.

The circular said the progress of recovery of classified loans in the quarterly statement named “Quarterly statement of classified loans amounting BDT100crore & above” should be conveyed to the board of directors. 

The information should be sent to the Bangladesh Bank’s Banking Regulations and Policy Department Task Force cell. 

In March this year, the central bank started working to strictly monitor the top defaulter companies in the banking sector. 

Recently, the bank sent a letter to different banks asking for more suggestions about the types of measures taken against top defaulters with defaulted loans above Tk100crore.

According to the BB latest data, the non-performing loans (NPLs) of banks rose by a staggering Tk16,962crore in a period of three months till March this year, increasing the amount of stress loan in the banking sector to Tk1,10,873.54crore, the largest ever in the country's history.

The bad loan amount was 11.87% of total disbursed loans in the given month, according to the latest Bangladesh Bank (BB) data.