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New Delhi: The government is working on a comprehensive package to help stressed state-run banks and improve the flow of credit for industry, Minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday.

“NPAs (non performing assets, or distressed loans) are simply a symptom of the underlying issues that need to be resolved,” Sinha said at an event here organised by the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

“We are preparing a comprehensive package which we will bring out shortly,” he added.

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Minister of state for Finance Jayant Sinha

The minister said the government was trying to improve corporate governance and strengthen management at state-run banks, while also overhauling annual targets for public sector lenders to increase the focus on efficiency.

Sinha said he would meet banks over the next two days in Bangalore to fine-tune their capital-raising plans.

“We are trying to understand exactly what is their capital requirement going to be in the next one to three years. We are there to support and provide them the capital,” he said.

According to the Reserve Bank of India, gross NPAs as a ratio of total loans could rise to 4.8 percent by September from 4.6 percent in March.

The government has agreed to pump in about $3 billion into the banks during the current fiscal towards their capitalization.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last month said his ministry is currently preparing a list of projects stalled due to lack of finance to set in motion the process of their revival and thus bring down the NPAs of banks.

“Many stalled projects have started. The secretary, department of financial services, in consultation with others, will prepare a list of projects stalled because of finance,” Jaitley had told reporters here after meeting with the heads of public and private sector banks.

NEW DELHI/INDIA, 15NOV10 - Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India, India, during the Fostering Public Leadership at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2010 held in New Delhi, 14-16 November 2010.  Copyright (cc-by-sa) © World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org/Photo Matthew Jordaan matthew.jordaan@inl.co.za)

“We will deal with these stalled projects directly. We will call representatives of state governments, of the projects and the departments concerned over the next few weeks,” he said.

Gross non-performing assets, or distressed loans, of state-run banks have gone up to Rs.260,531 crore as in December 2014. In the fourth quarter of January to March 2015, NPAs had come down from 5.64 to 5.2 percent.

As per the finance ministry’s Economic Survey published before February’s union budget, stalled projects as in December-end amounted to Rs.880,000 crore.

(IANS)

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How To Choose The Best Term Insurance?

Term insurance not only brings you money but also keeps your family safe

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Term insurance plans are deemed to be one of the best forms of life insurance because of the high cover they offer at affordable rates. For instance, a person who is 30 years old must pay just 700 or 800 bucks a month to cover one crore for 30 years. That’s like spending on watching one movie with friends. Although cost is the most important factor when considering buying insurance, it is, however, not the only factor. With that said, let’s try and go over a few other important deciding factors for buying term insurance policies.

The size of the cover

The size of the cover is one other most important deciding factor for buying insurance. If the insurance you buy does not assure sum that’s large enough to cover all expenses such as any basic expenses that you and your family may incur and other crucial expenses like those arising from your children’s education or marriage. One other thing to note here is that, not only should the term insurance policy cover your expenses, they should be able to cover your liabilities as well. Liabilities can be anything including debts and loans. Big borrowings such as home loans should also be covered.

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Cost considerations

The cost of the insurance is usually not very high, especially if you start at a very early age. In fact, for all those young buyers out there, the cost for covering an insurance of Rs. 1 Crore for themselves for 30 years from the date at which they buy will be no more than that of a soft drink. When considering the cost of insurance, one should also keep in mind their family’s and their own lifestyle and should envision how this lifestyle changes over the course of a few years.

With each different stage of life comes different responsibilities. For example, a person who is single may have very different responsibilities than the one who is married or one who has kids to care for. But most people would rather go for a vanilla term insurance which is not spiced up than one which would cover a little extra for them, such as an accidental death benefit.

This should not be the case, however. Especially if you have the means to buy that extra coverage. Many people may have heard that they could be covered by insurance for all those major, critical illnesses. This is not true. Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses.

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Tips to choose the best term insurance plan

When buying life insurance, there are plenty to choose from. But the question is, how does one choose something that best befits his needs? It’s very simple in fact. There are some key factors you will need to consider before buying term insurance.

 

  • Value for human life

 

When you buy term insurance, you expect that you are covered for any major expenses that you tend to incur sometime in your life. Also, your family members will be covered financially, in the case of your absence. Therefore, the term insurance you choose must provide adequate cover. Else, it may not be worth your money. There is a term in insurance that’s used for this kind of thing, and it is called as value for human life.

The human life value or HLV is simply the individual’s income and his loans and liabilities put together. So, the term insurance you choose must have a high HLV, which is the basis of any term insurance.

 

  • Rider benefit

 

Those term insurances that are deemed to be the best are the ones that cover all aspects. Likewise, it would be an additional benefit for the said insured person, if the term insurance comes along with a rider. A rider is something that provides benefits in addition to the primary policy. For example, let’s say that the insured has a critical illness. Then, he can receive the sum assured, in addition to being diagnosed with the same.

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

So, just as in that case, there are many such instances where riders can prove to be beneficial. These instances include cover for the loss of employment, cover for a premium waiver, cover for permanent disability, etc.

 

  • Cover enhancement

 

One of the main features that the term insurance should have is that it should be flexible for enhancement of coverage during those critical stages of the life of the policyholder. For example, the coverage could be enhanced as much as by 50 percent during the policy holder’s marriage or by 25 percent during the time the policyholder becomes a parent.

This not only allows the policyholder to start with a nominal cover but also allows them to increase the cover over time, as their responsibilities and their income increases.

 

 

  • Cover convenience

 

Among all the life insurances that are present out there, term life insurance is regarded as the best and most innovative. This is because, one, the premium extension rates have been reduced considerably. And two, buying the term insurance could have never been easier now thanks to the internet. Also, it is now possible to buy term insurance online, without having to go through various medical tests for term plan.

Also Read: Are Natural Disasters Covered Under Home Insurances?

Life is indeed very important. And if life is important to you, then ensuring your life with a term plan should be equally important. Term insurance not only brings you money but also keeps your family safe by making them stay financially afloat in case of your absence. However, you should always keep in mind that you should be extra careful when buying insurance and not succumb to peer pressure. This is because, if you are reckless in buying insurance, it could cost you big time later in your life.