What are the objectives, functions and features of Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) ?

The Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India was registered as a private limited company in 1955. It was set up as a private sector development bank to assist and promote private industrial concerns in the country.

Broad objectives of the ICICI are:

(a) to assist in the creation, expansion and modernisation of private concerns;

(b) to encourage the participation of internal and external capital in the private concerns;

(c) to encourage private ownership of industrial investment.

What are the functions of the ICICI?

(i) It provides long-term and medium-term loans in rupees and foreign currencies.

(ii) It participates L* the equity capital of the industrial concerns.

(iii) It underwrites new issues of shares and debentures.

(iv) It guarantees loans raised by private concerns from other sources.

(v) It provides technical,managerial and administrative assistance to industrial concerns.

Capital Initially:

The Corporation started with the authorised capital of Rs. 25 crore. At the end of June 1986, the authorised capital was Rs. 100 crore and the paid-up capital was 49.5 crore. Various sources of financial resources of the Corporation are Indian banks, insurance companies and foreign institutions, including the world Bank, and the public. The government and the IDBI have also provided loans to the Corporation.

Financial Assistance:

The performance of the ICICI in the field of financial assistance provided to the industrial concerns has been quite satisfactory. Over the years, the assistance sanctioned by the Corporation has grown from Rs.14.8 crore in 1961-62 to Rs. 43.0 crore in 1970-71 and Rs. 36229 crore in 2001-02. Similarly the amount disbursed has increased from Rs.8.6 crore in 1961-62 to Rs.29.8 crore in 1970-71 and to Rs. 25831 in 2001-02. Cumulatively, at the end of March 1996, the ICICI has sanctioned and disbursed financial assistance aggregating Rs. 66169 crore and Rs. 36591 crore respectively.

What are the features of ICICI?

The important features of the functioning of the ICICI arc as given below:

(i) The financial assistance as provided by the ICICI includes rupee loans, foreign currency loans, guarantees, underwriting of shares and debentures, and direct subscription to shares and debentures.

(ii) Originally, the ICICI was established to provide financial assistance to industrial concerns in the private sector. But, recently, its scope has been widened by including industrial concerns in the public, joint and cooperative sectors.

(iii) ICICI has been providing special attention to financing riskier and non-traditional industries, such as chemicals, petrochemicals, heavy engineering and metal products. These four categories of industries have accounted for more than half of the total assistance.

(iv) Of late, the ICICI has also been providing assistance to the small scale industries and the projects in backward areas.

(v) Along with other financial institutions, the ICICI has actively participated in conducting surveys to examine industrial potential in various states.

(vi) In 1977, the ICICI promoted the Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd. to grant term loans for the construction and purchase of residential houses.

(vii) Since 1983, the ICICI has been providing leasing assistance for computerisation, modernisation and replacement schemes; for energy conservate; for export orientation; for pollution controller balancing and expansion: etc.

(viii) The ICICI has not contributed much to reduce regional disparities. About three-fifth of the total assistance given by the ICICI has been received by the advanced states of Maharashtra, Gujrat and Tamil Nadu.

(ix) With effect from April 1, 1996, Shipping Credit and Investment company of India ltd, (SCICI) was merged with ICICI.

(x) The ICICI Ltd. was merged with ICICI Bank Ltd. effective from May 3, 2002.