Bangladesh Bank relaxed loan repayment policy for sick industries enlisted by the commerce ministry such that the beleaguered businesses can refund their loans on easy conditions.
According to the media report based on a notice issued by the central bank, if a sick industry pays a 2.5% down payment of the principal amount of loans, they will be eligible to get a rebate on the whole interest payment.
After rebating the interest, banks will have to impose the interest rate on the remaining principal amount equivalent to their cost of funds.
The central bank termed the opportunity as a one-time exit facility for the businesses, which are now in a defaulted zone.
The defaulters, whose outstanding amount of loans is more than Tk 50 lakh, will have to repay the loans within three years; otherwise, the relaxed facility will be canceled.
If any business has to repay the fund by selling their lands, they will be allowed to refund the amount within the stipulated duration of three years.
Banks will have to treat the loan as defaulted ones until the whole amount of funds are realized.
The borrowers will have to apply to the banks to get the facility within 45 days from the issuance of the notice.
But they will have to initially pay the down payment of 2.5% before getting the relaxed facility.
Banks will have to postpone the cases, which were earlier filed with the courts against the borrowers to recover the fund, within 90 days after the relaxed facility is given to the clients.
The adjourned cases will have to be revived if clients do not repay the loans within the timeframe.