NEW DELHI: Far-reaching changes in the loan recovery law will help expedite disposal of over 70,000 pending cases involving more than Rs 5 lakh crore and ease the NPA situation, official sources said.

The amendment law, which received presidential assent on August 16, sets time limit for disposal of debt recovery cases and seeks to improve ease of doing business by ensuring speedier resolution of defaulted loans.

The highlights of the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act, 2016 are expansion of definition of security interest, inclusion of debenture trustees and strengthening of asset reconstruction companies (ARCs).

Besides, secured creditors like banks and financial institutions (FIs), ARCs and debenture trustees will get priority over any other dues, including taxation ones of central and state governments or any local bodies, the sources said.

Now, a district magistrate has to decide on applications by banks and FIs within a specific time limit of 30 days.

However, this period may be extended by another 30 days further in exceptional situations for reasons recorded.

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