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Deposits safe, assures PM Modi amid privatisation of 2 banks

People’s deposits in banks are absolutely safe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said while announcing that three lakh depositors, with accounts in banks that report to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), would soon receive the revised amount of Rs 5 lakh.

“More than 1 lakh depositors have received over Rs 1,300 crore from 16 Urban Cooperative Banks that are under restrictions by the RBI,” the Prime Minister pointed out while addressing a function on “Depositors First: Guaranteed Time-bound Deposit Payment up to Rs 5 lakh”.

Rs 1,300 crore payment given

More than 1 lakh people have got about Rs1,300 crore of their deposits in stressed banks in the past few days with the enactment of the Deposit and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, Prime Minister Modi said ahead of a nationwide two-day banks’ strike on 16 and 17 December against the government’s proposed Bill for privatisation of two public sector banks (PSBs).

The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which will facilitate the privatisation of two PSBs said to be the Central Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank is part of 26 legislations the government intends to get approved in the ongoing winter session.

In the last session, Parliament had passed the General Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, to enable the privatisation of government general insurance companies.

The prime minister appealed to the media to highlight the “beginning of a strong initiative” to return the money of depositors so that trust is generated in the banking system. Just like the media had highlighted the Swachh Bharat programme, it ought to prominently convey that the deposits are safe, he said.

“Not because Modi is saying so. But because depositors need to repose faith in the banking system,” Prime Minister Modi stressed.

The prime minister declared that in the “New India”, problems would not be brushed under the carpet.

“There was a time when depositors, especially fixed salary earners, entrusted their savings with banks. And when a bank went down, their lives turned dark. People would spend years trying to retrieve their money. These issues had no solution. Our government has been responsive and amended laws,” Modi said, while recalling that as a Chief Minister, irate depositors would hold him responsible if a bank collapsed.

“At that time, I had requested the Centre to increase the insured amount to Rs 5 lakh. My requests went unheeded. People have now sent me here and I have done it,” declared Modi.

In depositors’ interest

Union Finance Minister says depositors and their interests are kept high on the agenda of the Narendra Modi government at the union.

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