Policy on Collection of Dues
 
BANK OF MAHARASHTRA POLICY ON COLLECTION OF DUES AND REPOSESSION OF SECURITY 2007-08
 

Introduction
The debt collection policy of the bank is built around dignity and respect to customers. Bank will not follow policies that are unduly coercive in collection of dues. The policy is built on courtesy, fair treatment and persuasion. The bank believes in following fair practices with regard to collection of dues and repossession of security and thereby fostering customer confidence and long-term relationship.
  1. The repayment schedule for any loan sanctioned by the bank will be fixed taking into account paying capacity and cash flow pattern of the borrower.
  2. The bank will explain to the customer upfront the method of calculation of interest and how the Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) or payments through any other mode of repayment will be appropriated against interest and principal due from the customers.
  3. The bank would expect the customers to adhere to the repayment schedule agreed to and approach the bank for assistance and guidance in case of genuine difficulty in meeting repayment obligations.
  4. Bank’s Security Repossession Policy aims at recovery of dues in the event of default and is not aimed at whimsical deprivation of the property.
  5. The policy recognizes fairness and transparency in repossession, valuation and realization of security.
  6. All the practices adopted by the bank for follow up and recovery of dues and repossession of security will be inconsonance with the law.

 

General Guidelines:
All the members of the staff or any person authorized to represent our bank in collection or/and security repossession would follow the guidelines set out below:
  1. The customer would be contacted ordinarily at the place of his/her choice and in the absence of any specified place, at the place of business/occupation and if unavoidable at his / her place of residence.
  2. Identity and authority of persons authorized to represent bank for follow up and recovery of dues would be made known to the borrowers at the first instance. The bank staff or any person authorized to represent the bank in collection of dues or/and security repossession will identify himself / herself and display the authority letter issued by the bank upon request.
  3. The bank would respect privacy of its borrowers.
  4. The bank is committed to ensure that all written and verbal communication with its borrowers will be in simple business language and bank will adopt civil manners for interaction with borrowers.
  5. Normally the bank’s representatives will contact the borrower between 0700 hrs and 1900 hrs, unless the special circumstance of his/her business or occupation requires the bank to contact at a different time.
  6. Borrower’s requests to avoid calls at a particular time or at a particular place would be honored as far as possible.
  7. The bank will document the efforts made for the recovery of dues and the copies of communication sent to customers, if any, will be kept on record.
  8. All assistance will be given to resolve disputes or differences regarding dues in a mutually acceptable and in an orderly manner.
  9. Inappropriate occasions such as bereavement in the family or such other calamitous occasions will be avoided for making calls/visits to collect dues.
  10. The bank's right to general lien and its implications should be adequately made clear to the customer at the time of availing loan.

 

Giving notice to borrowers :
While written communications, telephonic reminders or visits by the bank’s representatives to the borrower’s place or residence will be used as loan follow up measures, the bank will not initiate any legal or other recovery measures including repossession of the security without giving due notice in writing. Bank will follow all such procedures as required under law for recovery/repossession of security.

Before initiating the action for taking repossession of the security, the Bank will issue a notice in writting, with provision of acknowledgement, giving minimum 60 days period to the borrower to pay the debt. It will also be incorporated in the notice specifically that if the debt is not repaid within the stipulated period, the bank will proceed to take possession of the asset and thereafter its sale. In case the customer deliberately avoids acknowledging or establishing contact with the Bank, then the bank will be free to proceed with the repossession of the security.

 

Repossession of Security :
Repossession of security is aimed at recovery of dues and not to deprive the borrower of the property. The recovery process through repossession of security will involve repossession, valuation of security and realization of security through appropriate means. All these would be carried out in a fair and transparent manner. Repossession will be done only after issuing the notice as detailed above. Due process of law will be followed while taking repossession of the property. The bank will take all reasonable care for ensuring the safety and security of the property after taking custody, in the ordinary course of the business.

 

Valuation and Sale of Property :
Valuation and sale of property repossessed by the bank will be carried out as per law and in a fair and transparent manner. To ensure that the auction is done in a fair and transparent manner the borrower should also be given notice of the time, date and venue of the auction. The bank will have right to recover from the borrower the balance due if any, after sale of property. Excess amount if any, obtained on sale of property will be returned to the borrower after meeting all the related expenses provided the bank is not having any other claims against the customer.

 

Opportunity for the borrower to take back the security :
As indicated earlier in the policy document, the bank will resort to repossession of security only for the purpose of realization of its dues as the last resort and not with intention of depriving the borrower of the property. Accordingly the bank will be willing to consider handing over possession of property to the borrower any time after repossession and before concluding sale transaction of the property, provided the bank dues are cleared in full.

On repayment of the entire dues of the Bank, the Bank will give repossession of the security within a period of 15 days from the date of repayment.

 

Deviation to the Policy :
The authority for the deviation to the policy, if any, will be the Executive Director/ the Chairman and Managing Director of the Bank.

 
IMPORTANT: Bank of Maharashtra never ask for Bank account details for any purpose through phone call/email/SMS.

Bank appeals to all the customers not to respond to such phone call/email/SMS and not to share their bank account detail with any one for any purpose. Never share your CVV/ PIN No. of Debit/Credit card to anyone.