2.02 lakh loan defaulters

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:06, Jun 20,2017 | Updated: 17:16, Jun 20,2017


Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Tuesday told parliament that the total number of loan defaulters now stands at over 2.02 lakh.

A total of 2,02,623 persons or companies, which had borrowed money from 55 state and private run commercial banks, defaulted on their loans till March 2017, AMA Muhith said while replying to Awami League lawmaker Pinu Khan.

‘The government has already enacted Artha Rin Adalat Ain 2003 to realise the money and cases have been filed under the law,’ Muhith said .

‘Bangladesh Bank also provided necessary directives to the banks to realise the money,’ the minister said in his scripted answer.

The minister, however, did not mentioned how much money has these 2.02 lakh persons or companies, which had borrowed and defaulted on their loans.

 A Bangladesh Bank record prepared in March showed that the default-loan stood at Tk 73,409.

Records show that some Tk 45,000 crore has been written-off.

Responding to another question of opposition Jaitya Party MP Pir Fazlur Rahman, the minister said the government outlined various measures to bring the loan defaulters to book.

The statistics, placed by the minister, shows some Tk 41,401 crore has been pending with the loan-defaulters at eight state run banks and Tk 3152 crore has been realised from existing default loan between July 2016 and March 2017.

Sonali Bank realised Tk 654 crore against default loan of Tk 10,629 crore, Janata Bank realised Tk 254 crore against Tk 6,510 crore, Agrani Bank realised Tk 483 crore against Tk 6,086 crore, Rupali Bank realised Tk 3,28 crore against Tk 4,264, BASIC Bank realised Tk 150 crore against Tk 7,374 crore, Bangladesh Development Bank realised Tk 130 crore against Tk 854 crore, Bangladesh Krishi Bank realised Tk 930 crore against Tk 4,679 crore and Rajshahi Krishi Unnyana Bank realised Tk 223 crore against Tk 1,005 crore.

Bangladesh did not get back $66.37 million of the stolen money of $101 million from Bangladesh Bank reserve till now, Muhith said while responding to another question AL MP Mohammad Abdullah.

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