Wednesday, 02 June 2021 12:19

CB devices Concessionary Scheme for Covid-19 hit Businesses and Individuals Featured

Considering the difficulties faced by the borrowers of licensed banks due to the third wave of COVID- 19 pandemic, the Central Bank (CBSL) has requested licensed commercial banks and licensed specialised banks (licensed banks) to provide concessions to affected borrowers

With respect to credit facilities that are in the performing category as at 15 May 2021, to defer recovery of capital, interest, or both, on case-by-case basis, during the period up to 31 August 2021, considering the financial difficulties (such as loss of job, loss or reduction of income/salaries or sales, closure of business etc.) of the eligible borrowers.

In the case of Rupee facilities, licensed banks may charge an interest rate not exceeding the 364-days Treasury Bills auction rate as at 19 May 2021 (i.e. 5.18% p.a.) plus 1 per cent per annum (i.e. 6.18% per annum) only on the deferred amount and for the deferred period. In the case of foreign currency loans, licensed banks may charge a concessionary interest rate considering the prevailing low interest rates.

Alternatively, licensed banks may restructure the existing credit facilities over a longer period, considering the repayment capacity of the borrower and an acceptable revival plan submitted by such borrowers.

Concessions granted for non-performing credit facilities reschedule the credit facilities in the non-performing category as at 15 May 2021, considering the repayment capacity of the borrower and an acceptable revival plan. All recovery actions are required to be suspended until 31 August 2021, against credit facilities that are classified as non-performing on or after 01 April 2020.

Other concessions are extension of validity period of cheques valued less than Rs. 500,000 up to 30 June 2021,. extension of the due dates of short-term revolving facilities during the period up to 31 August 201.and discontinuation of charging for cheque returns and late payments for credit cards during the period up to 30 June 2021 for those who are demonstrably affected.

The eligible borrowers who wish to apply for the concessionary scheme, are required to make a request to the respective licensed bank on or before 21 June 2021, in writing or through electronic means..


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