Charts: India’s Banks Lend Very Conservatively



“Despite the apparent strength of the banking system, the ratio of private sector credit to GDP is still low by international standards (see Chart 3). Some of the restrictions on the banking system, and the incentives for banks to hold government bonds rather than make loans, have stifled lending. Consequently, the average ratio of loans to deposits in the Indian banking system is much lower than in most other countries.”


Source: Next Generation Financial Reforms for India , Finance and Development Magazine -September 2008, IMF

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