NRB mandates 25 banks to return Rs 4.67bn to borrowers

This undated image shows the building of Nepal Rastra Bank in Kathmandu. Photo courtesy: NRB

KATHMANDU: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has mandated 25 commercial banks which charged premiums from their borrowers against the agreement to return Rs 4.67 billion to the second party.

Those banks charged additional interest from debtors against the agreement during the loan disbursement and later Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) directed them to return the amount.  They agreed to return the overcharged amount after the central bank threatened not to accept their audit reports in case of violation of the rules.

According to NRB Spokesperson Gunakar Bhatta, the banks have been instructed to refund the amount they charged additionally from the clients.

The acceptance of an audit report of each bank and financial institution is mandatory so that they could find a way to announce the bonus and summon the general assembly.

The central bank has sought commitments from the banks to return the amount.

So far 25 banks have got their reports endorsed with their commitments to refund the amount.

It is yet to be confirmed whether the Agricultural Development Bank burdened its debtors with unauthorised interest as its financial transaction details are yet to be accepted.  If the bank is found violating the rules, the figure will go up.

As per the statistics shared by NRB, a single bank has been found to have collected more interest up to Rs 480 million. Even the bank collecting the lowest amount in interest has to return more than Rs 70 million.

The central bank said NIC Asia Bank needs to return Rs 480 million,  Nabil Bank Rs 470 million, Global IME Bank Rs 450 million, Siddhartha Bank Rs 330 million, Bank of Kathmandu Rs 360 million, Prime Commercial Bank Rs 260 million, Rastriya Banijya Bank Rs 250 million and Kumari Bank Rs 200 million.

Similarly, Sunrise Bank is required to return Rs 190 million, NMB Bank Rs 160 million, Nepal Bank, Prabhu Bank and Everest Bank each Rs 150 million, Laxmi Bank Rs 130 million, Himalayan Bank, Nepal Investment Bank and Citizens Bank each Rs 120 million, Mega, Civil and Sanima Bank each Rs 110 million, NCC Bank Rs 90 million, Century and Nepal SBI Bank each Rs 70 million.

All of these banks have pledged to return the amount they are required to pay back.


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