Introduction

Bill discounting, as a fund-based activity, emerged as a profitable business in the early nineties for finance companies and represented a diversification in their activities in tune with the emerging financial scene in India. In the post-1992 (scam) period its importance has substantially declined primarily due to restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India. The purpose of the Chapter is to describe bills discounting as an asset-based financial service. The aspects of bills discounting covered include its concept, advantages and disadvantages, bills market schemes, procedures and processing, post- securities scam position and some gray-areas. The main points are also summarised.

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