Things have been happening so suddenly. It was a while before I realized I am almost stuck in a trap (or at least to me it seemed to be so). I am not much of a savings person. I use my credit card a lot.
The only saving grace seems to be that I have taken no, loans, and I have no liability.,Otherwise I’d be stuck in a debt trap. With no way to know how to get myself out of it. Let’s just say that I am one of the lucky ones.
What about those who are not so lucky? What can they do when in a debt trap?
One option is to go to a financial advisor or consultant. But, they can be expensive. A better solution is to approach a credit counseling center. There are several credit counseling centers in cities across India.
Some banks also have their own credit counseling centers too, such as the Bank of India-sponsored Abhay, at Dadar in Mumbai. This agency, the first of its kind, also has centers in Gumla (Jharkhand), Wardha, and Chennai.
ICICI Bank’s credit counseling center, Disha has centers at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kanpur, Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata.
These centers will help you chart out a plan to repay your debts. You can swap your high-cost borrowings for low-cost debt. Interest rates may be bought down to as low as 18 percent for levels such as 36 percent in some cases.
These centers can also help you restructure the loan, portfolios and formulate repayment plans. They may also help borrowers negotiate with banks to restructuring debts.
Here are the addresses:
Abhay (Bank of India)
61 A, Sadanand,
1st Floor, Above Bank of India Branch,
Gokhale Road (north), Dadar (West),
Mumbai- 4000 028.
Disha (ICICI Bank)
Prince Apartments, Ground Floor,
Karani Lane, Ghatkopar (West),
Mumbai 4000 028.
Union Mitra (Union Bank of India),
Union Bank Bhavan,
239, Vidhan Bhavan Marg,
Nariman Point, Mumbai- 400021.