The amount written off, including through compromise, by PSBs was Rs 81,683 crore in 2016-17, including Rs 20,339 crore by State Bank of India, the finance minister said. The amount written off by nationalised banks was Rs 28,781 crore during 2017-18, up to September 2017.
According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines and policy approved by bank boards, non-performing loans, including those in respect of which full provisioning has been made on completion of four years, are removed from the balance sheet of banks by writing off.
Mr Jaitley said recovery of dues takes place on an ongoing basis under legal mechanisms. "Therefore, write-off does not benefit borrowers," Mr Jaitley said.
On a query regarding benami deals, Mr Shukla said over 1,000 properties have been attached provisionally under the Prohibition of Benami Properties Transactions Act till January 31, 2018.
"These include plots of land, flats, shops, jewellery, vehicles, deposits in bank account, fixed deposits. The value of properties under provisional attachment is over Rs 3,800 crore," he said.