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Relax March 31 deadline for linking bank accounts with Aaadhar: Assocham

Post-PNB scam, the PSU lenders are fire fighting to protect their core business and are hard pressed for human and other resources

Press Trust of India 

BASELINE ISSUES: Villagers crowd inside an Aadhaar enrolment centre in Rajasthan Photo: Reuters
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Industry body today urged the government to relax the deadline for linking bank accounts, particularly those in the PSBs to Aadhaar, saying post-PNB scam, the PSU lenders are fire fighting to protect their core business and are hard pressed for human and other resources.

It said the economy has just about to come out of the impact of and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and is not ready for another challenge by way of any becoming inoperative after March 31.

The last date to link bank accounts with is March 31.

"Notwithstanding judicial scrutiny and government's well-intentioned moves, the banks, particularly those in the PSUs, may find it hard and challenging to complete the task of linking with the accounts of all the customers by March 31, 2018 thus necessitating relaxation of the deadline," said in a statement.

Following unearthing of alleged frauds in the Punjab National Bank and a few other banks, the PSU lenders are anyway fire fighting to protect their core business and are hard pressed for human and other resources, to take up the job of linkage, it added.

The statement noted that even those having submitted details are getting reminders.

"There is a lot of confusion which may lead to further problems as we approach the deadline ...It is best advised that the banks be allowed to come out of the crisis like situation before they are given the additional task of seeding to customer accounts," it said.

First Published: Sun, March 04 2018. 14:49 IST
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