Ministry of Finance

DFS Secretary chairs conference of heads of Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) and Presiding Officers of Debt Recovery of Tribunals (DRTs) in New Delhi

Posted On: 17 FEB 2024 5:03PM by PIB Delhi

Dr. Vivek Joshi, Secretary, Department of Financial Services (DFS), chaired a Conference of Chairpersons of Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunals (DRATs) and Presiding Officers of Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) organised by Department of Financial Services in New Delhi, today.

The meeting was also attended by senior officers from the Public and Private Sectors Banks; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Indian Bank Association (IBA); and senior officers from the Ministry of Finance and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).

During the meeting, wide ranging discussions were held with stakeholders to enhance the efficacy of DRTs for expeditious recovery of debts. The main issues discussed during the meeting included:

  • DRTs and DRATs to take all possible steps to reduce pendency at various stages through strict monitoring.
  • Several suggestions regarding changes and amendments in Debts Recovery Tribunal Regulations, SARFAESI Act and RDB Act discussed to make the process of recovery more efficient.
  • Banks to conduct periodical review of the performance of empanelled Advocates and rationalise the assignment of cases to the empanelled advocates taking into account their performance.
  • Leveraging the under development e-Auction platform for listing and auction of properties of banks and financial institutions under the provisions of various Acts- SARFAESI Act, 2002, RDB Act, 1993 and IBC, 2016.
  • Banks and Financial Institutions to reconcile cases which are pending in DRTs and DRATs but have already been settled.
  • Banks to ensure presence of their officers at all the hearings of their respective cases before judicial forums.

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