Banks and financial institutions, including SBI, PNB and LIC yesterday entered into an overarching inter-creditor agreement (ICA) to fast track resolution of stressed assets of Rs 50 crore or more which are under consortium lending.
The ICA is being signed by 22 public sector banks (including India Post Payments Bank), 19 private sector banks and 32 foreign banks. Besides, 12 major financial intermediaries, like LIC, HUDCO, PFC and REC are also signatories to the pact, according to the agreement.
Under the pact, which is part of project 'Sashakt', each resolution plan will be submitted by the lead lender to an Overseeing Committee.
"The lead lender that is the lender with the highest exposure shall be authorized to formulate the resolution plan, which shall be presented to the lenders for their approval," an official statement said.
Under the ICA framework, the decision making will be by way of approval of 'majority lenders', those with 66% share in the aggregate exposure.
Once a resolution plan is approved by the majority lenders, it will be binding on all the lenders that are a party to the ICA, it said.
Each resolution plan that is formulated in terms of the ICA shall be in compliance with the RBI circular and all other applicable laws and guidelines, it said.
"The operating guidelines for functioning of the Overseeing Committee including the terms of reference shall be as approved (and amended from time to time) by 66% by number of the Lenders that are a party to this Agreement," it said.
The lead lender will submit the resolution plan along with the recommendations of the Overseeing Committee to all the relevant lenders.
The framework authorises the lead bank to implement a resolution plan in 180 days and the leader would then prepare a resolution plan including empanelling turnaround specialists and other industry experts for operation turnaround of the assets within RBI's stipulated time-frame of 180 days.
The agreement has been approved by boards of respective lenders.