The newly-appointed Chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) Dinesh Khara on Wednesday mentioned sustaining high quality mortgage ebook, security of staff and prospects will stay his prime most priorities. Khara, who took cost on Wednesday, mentioned the financial institution will proceed to attempt for even higher buyer expertise. He has succeeded Rajnish Kumar because the Chairman of the nation’s largest lender.
“The first and foremost priority is the safety of our employees and customers and also the quality (loan) book which we have been in the position to maintain till now. We would like to see that we are in a position to come to the rescue if at all somebody needs any help,” Khara advised reporters after taking cost.
He mentioned that if any company is going through misery resulting from COVID-19-related stress, the financial institution can be very happy to help it, throughout the framework which has been prescribed by RBI.
In August, RBI allowed a one-time restructuring scheme for private mortgage and company debtors affected by COVID-19 stress. He mentioned requests for one-time restructuring on the financial institution are throughout the manageable limits.
“When it comes to corporate restructuring, I think, as of now, we have not seen many corporates reaching out (to us). There are some. Whatever numbers we have seen, it is nothing very unusual. I would say that it is all within the manageable limits,” Khara mentioned.
Recently, the financial institution launched a facility on its web site to assist retail prospects examine their eligibility for one-time mortgage restructuring.
“When we look at the hit (on the facility at the bank’s website), that itself is a reflection of people looking at restructuring. I would say that whatever numbers we have seen till now and considering our book, I think it is very much manageable,” he added.
He mentioned the new restructuring norms introduced by RBI are fairly liberal.
“I think whatever impairment which will be there due to COVID-19, we would be in a position to handle through the restructuring window which has been made available recently by RBI and even by the earlier circular which was there,” Khara mentioned.
On the capital place of the financial institution, he mentioned the financial institution was well-capitalised.
“We have raised the money through tier-I and tier-II and our capital adequacy position is very comfortable. The kind of credit growth we are seeing, we are quite comfortably placed as of now,” he mentioned. The financial institution would faucet the capital marketplace for incremental fund elevating as and when required, he added.
Speaking about monetisation of Yono, the financial institution’s digital lending platform, Khara mentioned there are numerous choices that are on the dialogue desk.
“At the material point of time we will come and share with you when we will come to any kind of definitive thoughts,” he mentioned.
He mentioned for SBI, bodily branches and digital platforms are going to be crucial imperatives.
“It is not an either-or situation. We have to live with both and will have to ensure that all our delivery platforms — physical and digital — perform equally well,” he mentioned.