The minister said that to help the debt-ridden textiles firms, banks can provide a two-year moratorium on term loans and convert working capital into working-capital term loans.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opined that there is no need for any special regulatory dispensation and that 'banks can provide two-year moratorium on term loans and convert working capital into working-capital terms loans with a repayment period of 3-5 years as part of restructuring, in terms of existing RBI guidelines," Meena said.
Meena said that the restructuring of debt for the textile sector by banks would not place any financial burden on the government exchequer.
"No timeline has been prescribed for the said restructuring," he added.
According to the textiles ministry, the total outstanding debt of the sector is INR1,55,809 crore, of which debt of INR35,000 crore needs restructuring.