Fair Practices Code
RBI has issued the guidelines on Fair Practices Code for Non Banking Finance Companies which sets the fair practices standards when dealing with individual customers and to serve as a part of best corporate practice.
In view of this the Company has adopted the code to provide transparency in business dealings with its borrowers.
This Fair Practices Code applies to the all categories of products and services offered by the Company whether the products and services are provided across the counter, over the phone, through interactive electronic device, on the internet or by any other method.
Applications for Loans and their Processing
Loan application forms will include necessary information, which affects the interest of the borrower, so that a meaningful comparison with the terms and conditions offered by other NBFCs can be made and informed decision can be taken by the borrower. The loan application form will indicate the documents required to be submitted with the application form. The loan application form and the sanction letter / MID (Most Important Document) issued to the customer shall disclose the approach for gradation of risks and rationale for charging different rates of interest to different categories of borrowers and the same shall also be made available on the web-site of the company. The information shall be updated whenever there is a change in the rates of interest.
The company will devise a system of giving acknowledgement for receipt of all loan applications. Preferably, the time frame within which loan applications will be disposed of will also be indicated in the acknowledgement. If Company cannot provide the loan to the borrower, the same shall be communicated to the borrower with the reason(s) for rejection.
Loan Application form will clearly state the information that the company requires to collect from the customer to fulfill the KYC norms and to comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Company may request for additional information in case it is required.
Company will make available its loan products to all qualified borrowers and shall not discriminate on grounds of sex, caste and religion in the matter of lending. However, this does not preclude Company from participating in schemes framed for different sections of the society.
When a person is considered to be a guarantor to a loan, company shall inform him/her the following under acknowledgement-
Letter/ Deed of Guarantee stating the terms of liability as guarantor.
Any default in servicing of the loan by the borrower to whom he/she stands as a guarantor.
The company will convey in writing to the borrower by means of sanction letter or otherwise, the amounts of loan sanctioned along with the terms and conditions including annualized rate of interest and method of application thereof and keep the acceptance of these terms and conditions by the borrower on its record. The loan sanction letter and all communications to the borrower shall be in the vernacular language or a language understood by the borrower.
The Company will give notice to the borrower of any change in the terms and conditions including disbursement schedule, interest rates, service charges, prepayment charges etc. We will also ensure that changes in interest rates and charges are effected only prospectively. A suitable condition in this regard will be incorporated in the loan agreement. The penal interest to be charged by the company for late repayment of loan shall be mentioned in bold letters in the loan agreement. Decision to recall/accelerate payment or performance under the agreement or seek additional securities/collaterals will be in consonance with the loan agreement. The loan agreement shall contain a built-in re-possession clause and also contain provisions regarding notice period before taking possession, circumstances under which the notice period can be waived, the procedure for taking possession of the security, a provision regarding final chance to be given to the borrower for repayment of loan before sale/auction of the property, the procedure for giving re-possession to the borrower and procedure for sale/auction of the property. The Company will release all securities on repayment of all dues or on realisation of the outstanding amount of loan subject to any legitimate right or lien for any other claim company may have against borrower. If such right of set off is to be exercised, the borrower will be given notice about the same with full particulars about the remaining claims and the conditions under which company is entitled to retain the securities till the relevant claim is settled/paid.
The company will refrain from interference in the affairs of the borrower except for the purposes provided in the terms and conditions of the loan agreement (unless new information, not earlier disclosed by the borrower, has come to the notice of the lender). In case of receipt of request from the borrower for transfer of borrowal account, the consent or otherwise i.e. objection of the company, if any, will be conveyed within 21 days from the date of receipt of request. Such transfer shall be as per transparent contractual terms in consonance with law. In the matter of recovery of loans, the company will not resort to undue harassment viz. persistently bothering the borrowers at odd hours, use of muscle power for recovery of loans, etc,. As a measure of customer protection and also in order to bring in uniformity with regard to prepayment of various loans by borrowers of banks and NBFCs, Company shall not charge foreclosure charges/ pre-payment penalties on all floating rate term loans sanctioned to individual borrowers. Company shall inform the borrower in the event of closure/shifting of its branch office.