Covid 2nd wave’s impact rises loan default rates in rural India

Covid 2nd wave’s impact rises loan default

A report by Ind-Ra says the rising dispersion of covid 2nd wave is likely to affect rural-nonagricultural employment levels and demand sentiment aside from denting urban demand.

The reporters stated citing India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) that loaners have met a dent in the repayment of loan amounts, especially in rural non-agricultural India from the prevailing pandemic and its highly dispersed spread.

“Even as non-banks ramped up digital infrastructure, collections could be impacted significantly in May 2021 primarily because lenders were forced to stop door-to-door collections after agents, staff and borrowers had fallen ill,” Ind-Ra reports.Covid 2nd wave’s impact rises loan default rates in rural India

Lenders met a fall of 11% from 84% to 73% in rated securitisation in a transaction of assets in march  2021, and a drop in April 2021 collections which were due in May, says the report.

In addition to the build-up layer in the securitisation pools, the Fitch Group company expects delinquency above and over the currently witnessed.

The severity nature of the covid 2nd wave has a lot including microfinance’s loan performance as they have slipped their payments and managed only a single from January to March of 2021. Marginal delinquencies are expected from FY22 in rural areas with fragile finances says the report. The report adds that after the initial shock in FY21 vulnerable borrowers would’ve already slipped into delinquency. However, the India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) believe that the forthcoming pandemic waves would be less consequential than the former as financers are learning to “operate within pandemic”

“Thus, while most businesses recovered, there are pockets of stress in each asset class as characterised by the nature of business, such as contact-intensive discretionary services which may not recover until the sizeable population is vaccinated, The comeback of demand levels in FY22 post the Covid 2nd wave may not be to the levels witnessed in FY21, due to the lower consumer sentiment as a fallout of the widespread health crisis,” it reports.

The increasing rates in fatalities and infections are more likely to affect rural non-agricultural India, besides urban demand.


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