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RBI voices concern over 'too much' borrowings by government, people

According to Dr KC Chakrabarty, our government is borrowing too much and our country is borrowing too much

 

Chennai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has voiced concern over 'too much' borrowing by the government, high inflation and fiscal deficit, reports PTI.

 

"Our government is borrowing too much and our country is borrowing too much. Our inflation is one of the highest among the emerging economies. We have the highest fiscal deficit, current account deficit and inflation," Reserve Bank Deputy Governor KC Chakrabarty said at a conference.

 

However, he said the "good news is that everybody is aware of the problems. Nobody is saying there is no problem. People say they will take action."

 

Stating that India had imported $60 billion worth of gold last year, he said, "if we had not imported this much gold, our current account deficit would have become surplus."

 

"We need to work hard at least for the next 20 years and we need to grow by around 10%. If we have to use this crisis as an opportunity, we must do all the right things...," he said, speaking at a conference here.

 

"Believe me, job is not a problem if we can educate our people. But if we are not able to educate the people, given the employment opportunities, the demographic dividend will become demographic disaster and that is also one of the dangers we must look into", he said.

 

India's strengths were its younger population and a financial system that was not that complex, among others, he said, adding "We need to consolidate on our strengths. We need to keep the banking sector strong".

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SBI chairman presses for abolition of cash reserve ratio or CRR

Pratip Chaudhari, chairman of SBI defended his views on CRR saying that when the deputy governor (Dr Chakrabarty) was a bank chairman, he was asking for the same

Mumbai: Making a strong case for abolition of cash reserve ratio (CRR), country's largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Pratip Chaudhari on Tuesday said the banks were unable to use the resources more productively, which is lying with the central bank without any interest earning, reports PTI.

 

Though CRR, the amount of capital that banks park with the RBI, doesn't pay any interest to banks, RBI views it as a cushion against any liquidity crisis in the system.

 

Yesteday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor Dr KC Chakrabarty had said that banks had to work in the regulatory environment of the country.

 

"If the SBI chairman is not able to do business as per our regulatory environment, he has to find some other place," Dr Chakrabarty said in a sharp reaction to Chaudhuri's recent comment that CRR does not help anybody and it was unfairly put on banks.

 

However, Chaudhari, chairman of SBI also defended his views on CRR saying that when the deputy governor was a bank chairman, he was asking for the same.

 

Chaudhari also said that when the CRR rate was high and GDP was low, there was a strong inverse co- relationship.

 

He also said if CRR is a inflation tool, then other sectors like insurance and NBFC should also have such norm.

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SAT upholds SEBI order against Platinum promoters; lowers fine

While lowering the fine from Rs10 lakh to Rs2 lakh, the tribunal consented with SEBI's charges that Platinum Corp never implemented certain corporate announcements made by it and its promoters and directors offloaded their holdings after a rise in share price

New Delhi: The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has upheld the charges of fraudulent and unfair stock market dealings against promoters and directors of BSE-listed firm Platinum Corp, but lowered the penalty imposed by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to a uniform Rs2 lakh for all of them, reports PTI.

 

While lowering the fine from Rs10 lakh to Rs2 lakh, the tribunal consented with SEBI's charges that Platinum Corporation never implemented certain corporate announcements made by it and its promoters and directors offloaded their holding in the market after a rise in share price.

 

SAT, however, observed that SEBI has imposed a penalty of Rs2 lakh while passing orders against other entities involved in the same transaction.

 

"... there should be uniformity in imposing penalty in respect of violations which are identical in nature," it said.

 

"While upholding the finding arrived at by adjudicating officer (of SEBI) in the case of the appellant, we reduce the penalty to Rs2 lakh," SAT ruled, while disposing of various appeals by the promoters against SEBI's order.

 

SEBI on 30 January 2012 had said that it found promoter group of Platinum, a firm also listed at Ahmedabad Stock Exchange and Vadodara Stock Exchange, had dumped in the market 3,83,66,814 shares equivalent to 35.85% of the total equity within 53 trading days in 2007.

 

According to SEBI order, the company facilitated the entities connected to the promoter group in offloading its shares by way of pumping positive news in the market so that uninformed investors get induced to purchase the shares.

 

The investigation had also revealed that the promoters had transferred 20 lakh shares to one Meena Ambani, who later transferred to Exdon Trading Company Ltd. These shares were ultimately offloaded in the market when the price of the scrip went up.

 

Platinum Corporation, originally incorporated in 1992 in the name of Kanugo Lease and Investment Ltd, came out with a public issue in the year 1996 for 67 lakh shares of Rs10 each at par aggregating to Rs6.70 crore.

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