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'Bring bank chairman, executive director under service rules'

Bankers told IANS that there are no service rules for EDs and CMDs other than "terms and conditions"

 

With several thousands of crore rupee-worth corporate loans given by government-owned banks turning bad, it is high time the top executives are also brought under service/conduct/ disciplinary rules, said a top leader of a bank union.
 
"Bad loans in the banks, particularly, the big ticket accounts are a potential zone for corruption. Syndicate Bank former chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) S.K. Jain episode is only a tip of the iceberg," C.H. Venkatachalam, general secretary, All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA), told IANS.
 
"There is no defined regulation to take action on executive directors and managing directors of banks as they are not governed by the common Officers Conduct Rules," he added.
 
Terming the current procedure to fix responsibility on top executives of government banks as cumbersome, a transparent and effective rule is to be evolved to deal with the complaints against these officials, Venkatachalam said.
 
Bankers told IANS that there are no service rules for EDs and CMDs other than "terms and conditions".
 
The "terms and conditions" are nothing but those governing pay and perquisites of CMDs and EDs and do not govern their conduct and the decision-making process while in office.
 
"Though the loans are sanctioned by a committee, the will of the CMD and EDs prevail at the committee meetings. There is nothing to hold the EDs and CMDs responsible if their actions hurt the bank's name/financial position," a senior bank official in a government owned bank told IANS preferring anonymity.
 
The only way delinquent EDs and CMDs are brought to book is under the prevention of corruption act, but there should be strong proof against them.
 
According to Venkatachalam, today, the common feeling is that small loan defaulters are harassed while the big fish escape and enjoy.
 
"Kingfisher Airline promoter Vijay Mallya is a classic example. Even now, there are reports that he is planning to leave India without repaying the bad dues. His passport should be impounded and he should not be allowed to leave India without settling the defaulted loans," Venkatachalam said.
 
Incidentally, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday said it has sent a notice to the chairman of Central Bank of India for asking him as to why a monetary relief of Rs.100,000 not be recommended for harassing an education loan borrower.
 
The NHRC said a female student and her father were termed 'defaulters' of education loan and faced insult and harassment at the hands of the Central Bank of India.
 
This despite the fact that the student had paid back half of the Rs.200,000 loan amount on the first month when the debt repayment fell due.
 
"In the case of Satyam Computers Ramalinga Raju, facts were hidden in the balance sheet and he was jailed. Can hiding bad loans from the books be seen differently. Can we not say that RBI is also guilty for hiding the actual health of the banks. All such issues cannot be ignored any longer," Venkatachalam remarked.
 
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Nataraj Kailasam

1 year ago

Vijay Mallya claims that he is a Rajya Sabha MP and seeks refuge by this status and says he should not be arrested. I wish to remind that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former Pak P M was hanged. I hope this message goes loud and clear against his hollow,silly argument.
Banks are in a deep mess. This is the result of so many factors and the rot started setting in about a decade and a half back. The Sarfaesi Act, the DRTs,the CDR mechanism,the Stressed Debts Restructuring have all been of little avail to banks in their efforts to recover their dues.
The need now is to strengthen the judicial process towards aiding banks to recover their dues quickly and without having to go through cumbersome and labyrinthine processes. A first step would,in my opinion be, to put up on the notice boards of each bank branch the names of the top 15 or 20 defaulters. Additionally, each Bank should publish on it's website the full list of defaulters owing monies in excess of 10 lacs,with the addresses and photographs,along with those of the guarantors. The RBI Act, if needed to be amended, must be done immediately. It should not take more than 30 days for a defaulter to be declared a "wilful defaulter". Unless the legal process is drastically overhauled, making it difficult for errant borrowers to give the slip, all this will not be possible.
A sound banking system is a pre-requisite for a well- functioning and good economy. The government should not drag it's feet anymore,but must take strong measures to put the banking system back on track. Political parties should stop asking for loan waivers for any section of borrowers. Banks are there to disburse loans,not gifts.

Allahabad HC stays mandatory installation of set-top boxes
Lucknow : The Allahabad High Court (HC) has stayed for a period of three months the installation of television set top boxes (STB) in the state, an official said on Thursday.
 
The government had through a notification made installation of STBs mandatory after December 31, 2015.
 
The HC has also sought a response from the union government in this regard within four weeks. 
 
The high court bench, comprising Justice Tarun Agarwal and Justice V.K. Mishra, was hearing a petition moved by the UP Cable Operators Association seeking a stay on the mandatory installation of set top boxes for cable networks.
 
The cable operators told the court that STBs were not available in adequate numbers and the immediate implementation of the government order was not possible at many places. Also, they were being harassed by authorities in some regions, they complained.
 
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