Euro Finmart carried out enrolment work for Aadhaar number at a housing society in Mumbai. Oriental Bank of Commerce, which appointed the agency, said the work was illegal. Finally after a call to the OBC CMD's office, the residents were issued registration acknowledgement receipts for their Aadhaar number
Close on the heels of Maharashtra's information technology (IT) department losing unique identification (UID) data of about three lakh people collected for the Aadhaar number scheme, here is a first person account about the registration mess. This also highlights the dubious games being played by agencies and registrars appointed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) led by technocrat Nandan Nilekani.
A Moneylife reader registered for his Aadhaar number but could not even get acknowledgement receipt for the enrolment. In addition, when he raised the issue with top officials of the registrar, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and the agency, Euro Finmart, he claims to have received abusive calls!
Here is what Subhash Malviya, the Moneylife reader (name changed to protect the reader from further harassment) says…
The UID or Aadhaar registration was carried in our society during the last week of February 2013. The way the work was carried out by the agency was complete mess. The employees of the agency (Euro Finmart, I came to know later) used to arrive in the afternoon. They always used to walk in without any proper equipment, so residents used to provide it to them.
Some of the residents from our society were not even provided registration receipts from the agency. Without the registration receipt, it is very difficult to track the progress of issuance and delivery of the Aadhaar number.
One of my neighbours told me the name of the agency, Euro Finmart and the registrar, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC). OBC was appointed by the UIDAI to carry out Aadhaar registration work across Maharashtra and it was the lender that appointed Euro Finmart to do the job on its behalf.
Since we were not given our registration acknowledgement receipts, on 27th February, I called up Euro Finmart's nodal officer on his mobile. In addition, I also sent him a mail. The officer promised to call back after checking the details. However, the call never came.
On the same day, I called Kamal Seth from Delhi who was the chief manager at OBC looking after the Aadhaar registration project. He clearly told me that the registration carried out by the agency (Euro Finmart) in our society was illegal as it was done outside the OBC branch. However, he assured that we would receive our registration receipts after he checks the details.
Following instruction from Mr Seth, another officer, Mr Mathews from OBC's regional office in Mumbai contacted me. He also gave the same assurance about the registration receipts.
Surprisingly, after my conversation with Mr Mathews, the registration work being carried out by Euro Finmart in our society was suddenly stopped.
After waiting to get registration receipts for over 15 days, on 14th March, I again called up Mr Seth. He repeated his assurance but nothing really happened till 26th March.
On 26th March, I called up the office of SL Bansal, chairman and managing director (CMD) of OBC, seeking assistance. The official on the other end asked me to send the details. Within hours after sending the details, several top officials from Euro Finmart and the chief manager from OBC called me assuring that we would receive our registration acknowledgement receipts soon.
Meanwhile, I also received some abusive calls from 'angry' employees claiming to be from the agency. Fortunately, I recorded all such calls and then showed it to the top officials from both the agency and the bank.
Finally, on 28th March the registration acknowledgement receipts were delivered in our society office.
It took me over a month and call to the CMD's office to get just the registration acknowledgement receipts for the Aadhaar number.
Later I checked the terms and conditions of the memorandum of understanding between OBC and UIDAI. As per the terms and conditions, OBC was supposed to supervise the enrolment work being carried out by the agency. But from my own experience, I can say, the bank failed to do its job. Not a single employee from OBC was present during the enrolment in our society. In addition, they kept quiet for over a month, until the matter reached their CMD's office.
It seems that OBC employees were protecting the agency for reasons best known to them. OBC is carrying the work with the agency for entire Maharashtra region. Imagine the plight of average citizens who cannot do the follow up. They would be in fix as all the cash subsidy depends on UID.
OBC has appointed Euro Finmart (L-1 bidder) and Shri Ram Raja Sarkar Lok Kalyan Trust (L-2 bidder) as empaneled agencies for UID enrolment in Maharashtra. Apparently, the L-2 bidder was asked to match the prices quoted by the L-1 bidder.
The airline had filed its application with the civil aviation ministry on 23rd April. It has plans to launch operations with a few aircraft and proposes to bring in 37 planes in the next five years
The newly formed AirAsia India, the Indian arm of Malaysia's low cost carrier AirAsia, has filed an application with the civil aviation ministry seeking permission to launch its operations, official sources said on Thursday.
The airline had filed its application with the ministry on 23rd April. It has plans to launch operations with a few aircraft and proposes to bring in 37 planes in the next five years, it said.
The joint venture company is likely to have at least six members on its board, comprising two nominees each from AirAsia and Tata Sons and one representative from Telestra Tradeplace. There would be an independent director on the board who would also be the non-executive chairman.
Tata Sons has nominated R Venkatraman, former executive assistant to Ratan Tata, and Bharat Vasani, the chief legal counsel of the Tata Group, on the board.
AirAsia would be represented by Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Bin Meranun, who are among the largest shareholders in AirAsia Bhd, while Arun Bhatia would represent Telstra Tradeplace on the board of the newly formed venture.
Air Asia, the largest low-cost airline in Asia, has formed the joint venture with Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace of Arun Bhatia in a 49:30:21 holding to launch a low-cost carrier in the domestic market.
The venture received a formal approval from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board on 4th April to set up the company in the country.
The airline has a fleet of Airbus A320 planes and has even started hiring of cabin and cockpit crew.
Unusual optimism saw Nomura revise upwards its target price of the automotive lender from Rs230 to Rs250
The above average annual numbers posted by Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services (MMFS) for the March 2013 quarter prompted Nomura Equity Research to revise its target price from Rs230 to Rs250, on back of increase in earnings multiples estimates. The positive results were driven by the optimism in the utility vehicle segment and a rebound in the tractor segment. According to Nomura, the report stated: “We are bullish on retail-focused NBFCs for their relatively higher growth, stable asset quality, superior RoEs and decreasing regulatory uncertainty.” It has reiterated a ‘Buy’ call on the company due to positive asset under management, earnings growth and non-M&M lending. Furthermore, the report states, “We estimate the proportion of non-Mahindra & Mahindra disbursals to UV and tractor segment (put together) to have doubled in the 2013 fiscal compared to the previous year.”
MMFS disburses loans to different segments of the industry: utility vehicles, car, tractor, commercial vehicles, pre-owned vehicles and rural housing finance. Nomura expects the company to grow its assets under management (loans disbursed) 24% year-on-year. MMFS was able to protect its margins in FY13 despite growing its AUM at 35% y-o-y in a weak macro environment, the report said. A 24% growth forecast is optimistic considering that the automotive sector itself is going through a tough time. With interest rates heading lower, it is quite possible that disbursement will increase (at the risk of future NPAs, if interest rates go back up).
Nomura has estimated UV segment to grow 20% y-o-y for the 2014 fiscal, with strong growth forecast of M&M, XUV and Quanto models. The tractor segment is expected to grow at 15% y-o-y even though it has been performing badly last year. The car segment is expected to grow at 25% y-o-y with a market share of 11-12% in Maruti vehicles alone. It expects the CV vehicle segment to grow even more impressively by 37%, owing to small base. Surprisingly, Nomura expects pre-owned market disbursal portfolio to increase 33% y-o-y. India is a country with a poorly developed pre-owned automotive market, so this is somewhat rather optimistic expectation.
MMFS has guided 3%-4% as the fair range for GNPLs (gross non performing loans) and credit cost within 2% in a worst-case scenario, according to Nomura. The company has a decently controlled delinquency ratio. The gross non performing assets stood at 3.94%, an unusually high figure.