• Reserve Bank of India is ready to stand as the lender of last resort in the context of liquidity needs of the non-banking finance sector.
  • We are at a level of aggregate credit growth which is in excess of nominal GDP (gross domestic product)growth with a fairly robust distribution across various sectors.
  • The Reserve Bank said it had been watching the market developments on the issue since end August and was in ‘regular touch’ with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to access the fallout of mutual fund redemption and the resulting rollover risks for NBFCs and housing finance companies.
  • NBFCs started facing liquidity crunch since August after Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) started defaulting on loans.
  • The rates at which NBFC borrowed funds rose sharply following this.
  • Highlighting several steps that were taken by the central bank, the measures had collectively eased the funding stress in a steady manner
  • And these gave NBFCs and HFCs (housing finance companies) time and the opportunity to make their own balance sheet adjustments on both asset and liabilities side, in particular improve the duration structure of their liabilities.