Streamlining Credit Repayment effectively with Bureau

Streamlining Credit Repayment effectively with Bureau

Ganesh C
Ganesh C

March 20, 2024

Ganesh C
Ganesh C

March 26, 2024

Debt collection is a crucial yet challenging aspect of the lending industry. Having effective recovery processes in place not only safeguards your bottomline but also contributes to a healthier financial ecosystem. This article explores how making informed decisions can lead to more efficient and compliant debt collection strategies.

Debt collection also known as debt recovery, debt management, portfolio recovery, credit collection, credit recovery, delinquency management and account receivables collections consists of the process by which a lender recovers unpaid debts from a borrower. This can involve banks, loan providers, or even individuals that borrowers owe money to. When they fail to make the payments on time.

Why does Debt Collections Matter?

One of the major reason why debt collections is crucial is because a streamlined debt collection process helps reduce defaults and effective repayment safeguards the financial stability of the lenders and the borrowers. Lenders can continue offering credit products, while borrowers avoid further financial hurdles due to escalating debt.

The Different Buckets of Collections

Borrowers with intent to pay: The borrower would have forgotten to make the repayment and a simple nudge or timely reminders will ensure that the repayment happens on time.

Intentional Defaulters: The borrower is not having the intention of making the repayment and is trying to abscond. This is maybe due to two reasons

  • Inability to make the payment due to financial situations 
  • The intention from the start was to default on the payment.

What are the Regulations around Debt Collection

  1. The Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 enables the banks and financial institutions to initiate recovery proceedings before the Debt Recovery Tribunals constituted under the DRT Act in various states in India.
  1. The Fair Practices Code for Debt Collectors, 2015 codifies the procedures to ensure clarity, transparency, Timelines and responsiveness in Bank's relationship with the borrower customers at all stages like marketing, processing, sanctioning, monitoring and administration.

  2. The Indian Contract Act, 1872, plays a crucial role in ensuring fairness and justice in situations where no formal agreement exists.

How can technology help effectively with debt collection

Traditional debt collection methods often rely on outdated contact information or lack the granularity to differentiate borrower types. Bureaus bridge this gap by offering a comprehensive suite of data solutions:

Precision Location Tracking: Leverage tools like Telecom Reachability and GAID-based address  to pinpoint borrowers' current locations, enabling targeted communication and outreach efforts.

Accurate User Identification: Utilize VPA-based data to not only establish alternative communication channels but also potentially freeze accounts and expedite recovery through arbitration.

Financial Profile Enrichment: Integrate EPFO Lookup and EPFO Premium data to uncover additional financial details, such as linked bank accounts and alternate contact information, crucial for comprehensive debt recovery plans.

Advanced Business Intelligence: For business loan delinquencies, PAN to GST data provides a wealth of insights into the debtor's business operations, aiding in formulating strategic recovery tactics.

By harnessing Bureau’s effective solutions, you can achieve:

  • Increased Recovery Rates: Improved borrower location and financial profile enable more effective communication and debt resolution strategies.
  • Reduced Operational Costs: Streamlined outreach efforts minimize wasted resources and manpower allocation.
  • Enhanced Compliance: Bureau data empowers you to adhere to regulations like the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act and the Fair Practices Code, ensuring ethical and compliant debt collection practices.
  • Improved Customer Experience: Early intervention with struggling borrowers fosters a more positive experience and potentially salvages long-term customer relationships.

Incorporating Bureau’s capabilities  into your debt collection strategy is a forward-thinking approach that optimizes recovery rates, reduces costs, and fosters a more responsible financial landscape. By leveraging the power of data, you can navigate the complexities of debt collection with greater efficiency, transparency, and a focus on responsible financial practices.

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