Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. Photo: AFP

As Indian banks grapple with the mounting problem of bad loans, which as of March 31 stood at over 10 trillion rupees (US$145.6 billion) a panel of public sector bankers have come up with a five-pronged strategy to deal with the issue depending on the size of the stressed asset, Business Standard reports.

The panel believes banks should set up a system to deal with stressed assets below the value of 500 million rupees (US$7.28 million). It stipulates a plan for the resolution of the debt should be arrived at within 90 days of detection of the stressed asset.

For loans between 500 million rupees and 5 billion rupees (US$72.8 million), the lead lender should take charge and devise a resolution plan within 180 days.

For assets worth over 5 billion rupees, asset management companies will be set up through alternative investment funds.

The panel, led by Punjab National Bank Non-Executive Chairman Sunil Mehta, also suggested resolving bad debts under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and setting up a trading platform for assets.

Indian Finance Minister Piyush Goyal is quoted as saying that the recommendations have been accepted by the government.

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