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The Jammu & Kashmir Bank Limited
Report on audit of the Standalone Financial Statements
1. We have audited the accompanying standalone financial statements of The Jammu & Kashmir Bank Limited
(the Bank), which comprise the Balance Sheet as at 31st
March 2019, the Statement of Profit and Loss and the
Statement of Cash Flows for the year then ended, and notes to the financial statements including a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information. In which are included the Returns of 61 branches/offices audited by us and 913 branches audited by Statutory Branch Auditor for the year ended on that date. The Branches/offices audited by us and those audited by other auditors have been selected by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India in accordance with the guidelines issued to the Bank by the Reserve Bank of India .
2. In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us, the aforesaid standalone financial statements give the information required by the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as well as the Companies Act, 2013 in the manner so required for banking Companies and are in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in India and give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the
Bank as at 31st March 2019, and its profit and its cash flows for the year ended on that date.
Basis for Opinion
3. We conducted our audit in accordance with the
Standards on Auditing (SAs) specified under section
143(10) of the Companies Act, 2013. Our responsibilities under those Standards are further described in the Auditors Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of the Bank in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India together with the ethical requirements that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements under the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules there under, and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.
Emphasis of Matter
4. We draw attention to Note 46(b) of the financial statements, that in view of flood during 2014 and disturbances during 2016, Bank rehabilitated affected borrowal accounts under RBI Master Directions issued for Relief Measures by Banks in areas affected by natural calamities. The total amount of rehabilitated/ restructured advances stood at र 3701.00 Crores (Flood & disturbances) as on 31.03.2019. The Bank has recognised funded interest aggregating र 796.02 crores as interest income in these accounts up to 31st Dec 2017. The Bank has capitalised funded interest (net of recoveries) of र 513.10 crores by staggering over five quarters beginning with 1st quarter ended 31st March 2018 in compliance of dispensation allowed to the Bank by Reserve Bank of India. Accordingly, the Bank has created interest capitalisation of र 265.94 crores by corresponding debit to interest income in Profit & Loss account. The interest capitalisation stands completed by
31st March 2019. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.
Key Audit Matters
5. Key audit matters are those matters that, in our significance professional judgment, were of most in the audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matters were addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole, and in forming our opinion thereon, and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters.
A. IT Systems & Controls
Description of Key Audit Matter
The bank is highly dependent on the reliability, integrity and availability of financial data from its electronic data processing system (MIS).We relied on automated controls and effectiveness of such controls over IT systems.
We observed that the bank is still using the older version of CBS platform (Finacle Core 7.0.25) and has not upgraded to higher version. Core Banking Solutions (CBS) is not biometric enabled and thus access controls require improvement.
Description of Auditors Response
We performed test of controls and test of details on sample basis. We also relied on the reports of the branch auditors. We have relied on management assertion that the steps are underway to upgrade the system.
B. Provisions and contingencies Description of Key Audit Matter
As per extant guidelines of RBI the Banks should put in place a Boardapproved policy for making provisions for standard assets at rates higher than the regulatory minimum, based on evaluation of risk and stress in various sectors. The bank has not provided for stressed assets which are regularly classified as SMA. Policy also needs to be refined for making provision on Non-Fund exposure to those
Non-Performing borrowers where guarantees are still alive but not devolved.
Description of Auditors Response
The bank has agreed to formulate suitable policy to provide for Standard Accounts under stress.
Responsibilities of Management and Those Charged with Governance for the Standalone Financial Statements
6. The Banks Board of Directors is responsible for the matters stated in section134(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 (the Act) with respect to the preparation of these standalone financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial position, financial performance and cash flows of the Bank in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in India, including the
Accounting Standards specified under section 133 of the Act, and provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and circulars and guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from time to time. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding of the assets of the Bank and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities; selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design, implementation and maintenance of adequate internal financial controls, that were operating effectively for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the accounting records, relevant to the preparation and presentation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
In preparing the financial statements, management is responsible for assessing the Banks ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless management either intends to liquidate the Bank or to cease operations, or has no realistic alternative but to do so.
Auditors Responsibilities for the audit of the Financial Statements
7. Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error, and to issue an auditors report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with SAs will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error and are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these financial statements. As part of an audit in accordance with SAs, we exercise professional judgment and maintain professional skepticism throughout the audit.
Identify and assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error, design and perform audit procedures responsive to those risks, and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting from fraud is higher than for one resulting from error, as fraud may involve collusion, forgery, intentional omissions, misrepresentations, or the override of internal control.
Obtain an understanding of internal control relevant to the audit in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section 143(3)(i) of the Companies Act, 2013, we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether the Bank has adequate internal financial controls system in place and the operating effectiveness of such controls.
Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.
Conclude on the appropriateness of managements use of the going concern basis of accounting and, based on the audit evidence obtained, whether a material uncertainty exists related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the
Banks ability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty exists, we are required to draw attention in our auditors report to the related disclosures in the financial statements or, if such disclosures are inadequate, to modify our opinion. Our conclusions are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditors report. However, future events or conditions may cause the Bank to cease to continue as a going concern.
Evaluate the overall presentation, structure and content of the financial statements, including the disclosures, and whether the financial statements represent the underlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.
We communicate with those charged with governance regarding, among other matters, the planned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings, including any significant in internal control that we identify during our audit.
We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have complied with relevant ethical requirements regarding independence, and to communicate with them all relationships and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on our independence, and where applicable, related safeguards. From the matters communicated with those charged with governance, we determine those matters that were of most in the audit of the financial statements of the current period and are therefore the key audit matters.
We describe these matters in our auditors report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter or when, in extremely rare circumstances, we determine that a matter should not be communicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonably be expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.
8. We did not audit the financial statements / information branches/offices 913 included in the standalone financial statements of the Bank whose financial statements / financial information reflect total advances of र 65,321.55 Crores as at 31st March 2019, as considered in the standalone financial statements. The financial statements / information of these branches have been audited by the branch auditors whose reports have been furnished to us, and in our opinion in so far as it relates to the amounts and disclosures included in respect of branches, is based solely on the report of such branch auditors. Our opinion is not modified in respect of this matter.
Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements
9. The Balance Sheet and the and Loss Account have been drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Section 29 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014.
10. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has issued directions indicating the areas to be examined in terms of sub-section (5) of section 143 of the Companies Act,
2013, the compliance of which is set out in "Annexure-A" to this Report.
11. As required by sub-section (3) of section 30 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, we report that:
(a) we have obtained all the information and explanations which, to the best of our knowledge and belief, were necessary for the purpose of our audit and have found them to be satisfactory;
(b) the transactions of the Bank, which have come to our notice, have been within the powers of the Bank;
(c) the returns received from the offices; and branches of the Bank have been found adequate for the purposes of our audit.
12. Further, as required by section 143(3) of the Act, we report that:
a) we have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the best of our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit;
b) in our opinion, proper books of account as required by law have been kept by the Bank so far as it appears from our examination of those books;
c) the reports on the accounts of the branch offices of the bank audited under section 143(8) of the Act by branch auditors of the Bank have been sent to us and have been properly dealt with by us in preparing this report;
d) the Balance Sheet, the Statement of Profit and Loss and the Statement of Cash Flows dealt with by this report are in agreement with the books of account ;
e) in our opinion, the aforesaid standalone financial statements comply with the Accounting Standards specified under Section 133 of the Act, read with
Rule 7 of the Companies (Accounts) Rules, 2014, to the extent they are not inconsistent with the accounting policies prescribed by RBI; f) on the basis of written representations received from the directors as on 31 March 2019 and taken on record by the Board of Directors, none of the directors as on 31 March 2019 from being appointed as a director in terms of Section 164(2) of the Act;
g) with respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financial reporting of the
Bank and the operating effectiveness of such controls, refer to our separate Report in "Annexure B";
h) with respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditors Report in accordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules,2014, in our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us:
i. The Bank has disclosed the impact of pending litigations on its financial position in its financial statements - Refer Note No.26.12 of
Schedule 18-Notes on Accounts attached;
ii. The Bank did not have any long-term contracts including derivative contracts for which there were any material foreseeable losses and
iii. There has been no delay in transferring amounts, required to be transferred, to the Investor Education and Protection Fund by the Bank