NCLT helped creditors recover Rs 80,000 cr: Arun Jaitley

Chennai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said creditors recovered Rs 80,000 crore in 66 cases resolved by NCLT and around Rs 70,000 crore more is likely to be realised by March-end.

He said National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had started receiving corporate insolvency cases by the end of 2016 and so far 1,322 cases have been admitted by it. A total of 4,452 cases have been disposed at pre-admission stage and 66 have been resolved after adjudication. 260 cases have been ordered for liquidation.

“In 66 resolution cases, realisation by creditors was around Rs 80,000 crore… Some of the big 12 cases such as Bhushan Power and Steel and Essar Steel India are in advanced stages of resolution and are likely to be resolved in this financial year in which realisation is expected to be around Rs 70,000 crore,” Jaitley said.

In a Facebook post titled “Two years of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code”, Jaitley said NCLT has become a trusted forum of high credibility.

“Those who drive the companies to insolvency, exit from management. The selection of new management has been an honest and transparent process. There has been no political or governmental interference in the cases,” he added.

As per the NCLT database, in 4,452 cases disposed at pre-admission stage, the amount apparently settled was around Rs 2.02 lakh crore, the Minister added.

Jaitley said the increase in conversion of NPAs into standard accounts and decline in new accounts falling in NPA category show a definite improvement in the lending and borrowing behaviour.

“The early harvest through the IBC process has been extremely satisfactory. It has changed the debtor-creditor relationship. The creditor no longer chases the debtor. In fact, it is otherwise,” the Minister said.

Besides, the Debt Recovery Tribunal was created to enable banks to recover every due diligently, but these have not proved to be highly efficient mechanism for recovering debt, he added.

“For non-corporate insolvencies the Provincial Insolvency Act was applicable. This was a rusted piece of legislation, ineffective and had faded away because of disuse,” Jaitley said.

NT Bureau