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RBI DIRECTIONS TO LOAN RECOVERY AGENTS : STRICTLY ENSURE NOT TO HARRASS OF ANY KIND VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ON DEBT COLLECTION

August 19, 2022 08:47 PM

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The Reserve Bank of India in a fresh guidelines on recovery of debts said, “It is advised that the REs (regulated entities) shall strictly ensure that they or their agents do not resort to intimidation or harassment of any kind, either verbal or physical, against any person in their debt collection efforts,” the RBI said in a notification.

The central bank also asked REs not to send inappropriate messages to borrowers in any form, make threatening or anonymous calls, or make false and misleading representations, for recovery of overdue loans.

RBI issues guidelines from time to time as part of the Fair Practices Code (FPC), and has already advised REs that they should not resort to intimidation or harassment of their borrowers, calling them on phone at odd hours in their debt collection efforts, among others. 

The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has issued fresh instructions barring recovery agents from resorting to intimidation of borrowers as well as calling them before 8 am and after 7 pm. Issuing additional instructions to regulated entities including banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs), the banking regulator said it has observed that recovery agents are deviating from its instructions with regard to the recovery of loans.

RBI issues guidelines from time to time as part of the Fair Practices Code (FPC), and has already advised REs that they should not resort to intimidation or harassment of their borrowers, calling them on phone at odd hours in their debt collection efforts, among others. The banking regulator said it took into account certain recent developments including growing incidences of unacceptable practices followed by RAs (recovery agents) to issue these additional instructions to REs.  RBI said these instructions will be applicable to all commercial banks (including regional rural banks), Cooperative Banks, NBFCs, Asset ARCs and all India financial institutions.

RBI issues guidelines from time to time as part of the Fair Practices Code (FPC), and has already advised REs that they should not resort to intimidation or harassment of their borrowers, calling them on phone at odd hours in their debt collection efforts, among others.

The banking regulator said it took into account certain recent developments including growing incidences of unacceptable practices followed by RAs (recovery agents) to issue these additional instructions to REs. These additions have extended the scope of guidelines while limiting the hours for calling borrowers on phone for recovery of overdue loans.

RBI said these instructions will be applicable to all commercial banks (including regional rural banks), Cooperative Banks, NBFCs, Asset ARCs and all India financial institutions.

 
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