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Punjab clears One Time Settlement Policy for defaulters of PSIDC and PFC

PUNJAB NEWSLINE NETWORK
December 04, 2018 10:51 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Cabinet on Monday approved a One Time Settlement (OTS) Policy to give entrepreneurs of promoted and loanee companies the last chance to settle their dues with PDSIC and PFC, with the condition that no such OTS opportunity would be given to defaulters hereafter.

According to an official spokesperson, the decision to come out with OTS Policy-2018 followed representations and suggestions from Chamber of Commerce and Industries Association and after marathon discussions with the promoters for rehabilitation & revival of the industries in state.

The Cabinet, however, agreed to the suggestion of Finance Minister Manpreet Badal that this should be the last such OTS and the government should go hammer and tongs after those who fail to pay up even now.

The policy will give the entrepreneurs of promoted and loanee companies one-time opportunity for settlement of their dues with Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (PSIDC) and Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC), and will help them recover Rs. 80-100 crore and Rs. 7-10 crore, respectively.

Besides releasing the blocked industrial assets, it will help in reducing the litigation of these corporations and generate revenues for their development activities.

The spokesperson pointed out that under the OTS policy-2017, PSIDC did not receive any application for loan cases. However, a sum of Rs. 3.99 crore was recovered by way of OTS for equity from two companies. PFC received offers for OTS from 25 loanees concerns having tentative OTS amount of Rs. 2.72 crore, against which it has so far recovered Rs. 1.57 crore, with the remaining being recovered in quarterly instalments.

Notably, the PSIDC extended term loans to 861 industrial units, of which 739 units have already settled with corporation and only 122 units are pending, and all of them have already become non-performing assets. Besides, PSIDC had made equity investment in 322 units, of which 245 collaborators have already settled their dues by way of buy back of their equity/settled their accounts under OTS, and only 77 promoted units are yet to buy way of equity investments.

Similarly, PFC extended term loans to 18000 loanee concerns, of which 16900 have settled their accounts and about 1142 units are at present outstanding and the entire portfolio has been declared NPA. Currently, the default position to the bond holders of PFC is Rs. 151.95 crore, which includes Rs. 101.31 crore as principal and Rs. 50.64 crore in interest. The bondholders of PSIDC owe Rs. 542.52 crore to it, inclusive of Rs. 392.48 crore and Rs. 150.04 on account of principal and interest respectively.

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