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RBI Shortlists TCS, Wipro, IBM, Three Others For Setting Up Public Credit Registry 

The Reserve Bank of India has shortlisted six major IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.

The proposed PCR will also include data from entities like market regulator SEBI, the corporate affairs ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to enable banks and financial institutions to get a 360-degree profile of the existing as well as prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.

"Consequent to the publication of expression of interest on Oct. 27, 2018, the Reserve Bank had received responses from several vendors for implementation of end-end solution for PCR," the central bank has said.

The RBI said it has been decided to shortlist the six firms after evaluating the responses of the interested vendors. The other three shortlisted vendors are: Capgemini Technology Services India, Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India, and Mindtree Ltd.

The RBI would soon seek request for proposal from the six vendors. The RBI had announced to set up a PCR for India to address information asymmetry, foster access to credit and strengthen the credit culture in the economy in June this year.

Earlier, a high-level task force was constituted by the RBI to review the current availability of information on credit, the adequacy of the existing information utilities, and to identify gaps that could be filled by a PCR.

"In essence, PCR will be a digital registry of authenticated granular credit information and will work as a financial information infrastructure providing access to various stakeholders and enrich the existing credit information ecosystem," according to the EOI document issued in October.

The PCR would be the single point of mandatory reporting for all material events for each loan, notwithstanding any threshold in the loan amount or type of borrower.

Currently, there are multiple granular credit information repositories in India, with each having somewhat distinct objectives and coverage. Within the RBI, CRILC is a borrower-level supervisory dataset that keeps record of loans of Rs 5 crore and above.

Also, there are four privately owned credit information companies operating in India. The RBI has mandated all its regulated entities to submit credit information individually to all four CICs.

According to the EOI, the proposed solution should allow easy integration with ancillary information sources, such as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, SEBI, GSTN, CERSAI, utility billers, Central Fraud Registry and Wilful Defaulter/Caution/Suit Filed Lists.

Besides, borrowers would also be able to access their own credit information and seek corrections to the credit information reported on them.

Setting up of the PCR assumes significance amid rising bad loans in the financial system. The non-performing assets in the banking system stand at about Rs 10 lakh crore.

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