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Absence of bond market main reason for India’s banking crisis: CAG

The gross NPAs in the Indian banking system have accumulated to a staggering Rs 10 lakh crore, around 90 per cent of which is accounted for by state-run banks.

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New Delhi, Oct 23 : The major reason for the crisis being faced by banks is the absence of a developed bond market in the country, the official auditor said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the Indian School of Public Policy here, Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi maintained that the root-cause of the banking crisis was neither the scams nor the non-performing assets (NPAs) but a result of state-run banks being constrained to lend for long-gestation projects, many of which had stalled due to various factors.

“Of course, the thefts, the NPAs have all contributed to the banking crisis, but it originates elsewhere…India has no bond market, so banks have been forced to lend for long-gestation infrastructure projects which have then run into trouble,” he said.

“The absence of a bond market has been the major cause of the country’s banking crisis.”

The gross NPAs in the Indian banking system have accumulated to a staggering Rs 10 lakh crore, around 90 per cent of which is accounted for by state-run banks.

“This asset-liability mismatch is due to the lack of debate on public policy in India,” the CAG said.

On the various scams in public sector banks that have come to light, the national auditor held the banking regulator Reserve Bank of India responsible for the systemic lapses.

“What was the regulator doing all this time…is he, or is he not, accountable for the lapses that led to the scams,” Mehrishi asked.

Industry chamber Assocham said earlier this month that the successful resolution of the NPA issues through the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) will help deepen India’s corporate bond market that is highly concentrated in AAA-rated bonds.

Citing its study jointly conducted with rating agency Crisil, the industry chamber had said: “India’s corporate bond market, which contributes 17 per cent to the country’s GDP and is highly concentrated in the AAA-rated bonds, is expected to change once the IBC brings about successful resolution of stressed assets in a time-bound manner.”

It said that countries like Brazil, Russia, China and the UK had taken steps to reform the bankruptcy laws which, along with other structural reforms, led to a significant growth in the corporate bond market within their financial markets.

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Congress opposes move to let corporates enter banking sector

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New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday opposed the proposal to allow corporates and business houses enter the banking sector, contending that this move will leave the depositors at their mercy as it happened in the case of Yes Bank and Laxmi Vilas Bank.

Addressing a press conference, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said: “The Congress party condemns the proposal and demands that the government, unequivocally and forthwith, declare that it has no intention of pursuing the proposal.”

“We call upon all the people of India and all political parties and trade unions to join us in resolutely opposing the retrograde idea of allowing corporates and business houses to enter the banking sector and set up banks,” he added.

The Congress alleged that the proposal, ostensibly based on a report of an RBI Internal Working Group, has the fingerprints of the Modi government written all over it.

This proposal, along with some other recommendations, is part of a deeper game plan to control the banking industry, it said, claiming that the proposal, if implemented, will completely reverse the enormous gains made in the last 50 years of retrieving the banking sector from the clutches of business houses.

Noting that all over the world, especially in developed economies, three principles govern banking — broad-based shareholding reflecting shareholder democracy, strict separation of ownership and management with ownership with shareholders and management in professional hands, and prohibition of connected lending, Chidambaram said that all three will be thrown out of the window if corporates and business houses are allowed to set up banks.

“Bank funds belong to the depositors who are the people of this country. As a proportion of total deposits, the equity of a bank is minuscule. The total deposits in the banking industry is of the order of Rs 140 lakh crore… If business houses are allowed to own banks, they will, with a small equity investment, control very large amounts of the nation’s financial resources. This must not happen and the Congress will strive its utmost to ensure that this will not happen,” Chidambaram said.

He said that it “is shocking that such an idea should have been presented to the people as though it has the imprimatur of experts and the endorsement of the RBI”.

“Just as the RBI was the cat’s paw of the government in the saga of demonetisation, the RBI is being used by the government to push through its dangerous agenda,” he said.

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Brent hits highest since March, spurred by coronavirus vaccine hopes

This follows positive trial results from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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SINGAPORE: Brent crude prices hit their highest levels since March as news of a third promising coronavirus vaccine candidate spurred hopes of a quicker recovery in oil demand, while U.S. President-elect Joe Biden received the go-ahead to begin his leadership transition.

Brent crude futures rose 43 cents, or 0.9%, to $46.49 a barrel by 0522 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude added 45 cents, or 1.1%, to $43.51 a barrel.

Brent rose to a session high of $46.56 earlier on Tuesday, the highest level traded since early March before Saudi Arabia initiated a price war with Russia, which sent oil prices crashing. Both oil benchmarks settled up about 2% on Monday after gaining about 5% last week.

“Progress on developing and distributing a vaccine de-risks the path back to normal for oil markets,” said Stephen Innes, chief global markets strategist at financial services firm Axi.

“If mobility data is a measure of oil price sentiment, in the not too distant future, the vaccine will get people back on airplanes and cruise ships.”

AstraZeneca said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world’s fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals.

This follows positive trial results from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

Also helping to ease uncertainty in financial markets, President Donald Trump on Monday allowed officials to proceed with a transition to Joe Biden’s incoming administration, giving his rival access to briefings and funding even as he vowed to persist with efforts to fight the election results.

U.S. crude oil inventories likely edged lower last week, while distillate stockpiles were seen decreasing for a 10th straight week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday, ahead of reports from the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Traders also focused on a week of technical meetings by OPEC and its allies to prepare the ground for next week’s ministerial gathering, which is set to discuss extending oil output curbs into next year due to weak demand amid a second wave of COVID-19.

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