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Regulator, auditor should be held responsible for frauds in banks: Thakur

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Anurag Thakur, Former BCCI president, MP
Former BCCI president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur surrounded by newsmen as he comes out of Supreme Court in New Delhi.

The regulator, auditor and management should be held responsible for fraud in Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank or other banks, Minister of State for said on Thursday.

Thakur said that in case of PMC Bank, the has allowed withdrawal of Rs 40,000, which covers around 77 per cent of the affected people and they have been assured of up to Rs 1 lakh.

"As far as the or any other bank is concerned, it is the job of the regulators first to look into those issues. It is the auditor, who should be held responsible. It is the management of the bank who are dealing on a day to day basis and if any one is involved in fraud, ED has taken action. People have been arrested. Their properties have been attached," Thakur said at Times Network India Economic Conclave event.

He was responding to queries on crisis at and depositors under stress.

Thakur said the BJP government has brought in reforms to make balance sheet of healthy, which have doled out huge amount of loan during UPA 2 regime.

"It was the UPA 2 when from 2009 to 2014. If you look at loan till 2009, total outstanding was Rs 18 trillion. In 2014 , it came out to be Rs 58 trillion.

"When we took over, and the late Minister Arun Jaitley ji went for asset quality review of the We have cleaned the bank balance sheets. We have recapitalised them. We have gone for the merger which was suggested 20 years back to bring in more synergy and capacity building of the

"Others are making profit. Bank like PNB, which three years back was facing question, is in profit today. We brought in reforms like Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, fugitive economic offenders bill," Thakur said.

He said the government has been able to bring back Rs 1.78 trillion just because of the IBC.

"It has improved creditors debtors relationship. We have funded Rs 3.4 trillion through the banks to NBFCs. All the steps have been taken," he said.

The minister noted that the government is taking the decision to make the fundamentals of the economy strong.

"We are taking every possible decision to boost investment and growth to achieve $5 trillion economy," Thakur said.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday slashed India's GDP growth projection for the year 2019 to 6.1 per cent, which is 1.2 per cent down from its April projections.

The IMF in April said India will grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019. However, three months later it projected a slower growth rate, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent.

As against India's real growth rate of 6.8 per cent in 2018, the IMF in its latest World Economic Outlook projected India's growth rate at 6.1 per cent in 2019 and noted that the Indian economy is expected to pick up the next year at 7.0 per cent.

Thakur said that the fundamentals of Indian economy is strong and it will bounce back.

On questions related to slowdown, Thakur said that the traditional businesses are facing challenges from start-ups and new technologies.

"Till 2014, it (India) was $1.7-1.8 trillion economy. We have added $1 trillion in the last 5 years. If you could do that in the last 5 year, let me assure you we can achieve $5 trillion economy mark. Mr (Narendra) Modi is known for big and bold decision. He has never failed. In 2025, we will be $5 trillion economy. You mark my words," Thakur said.

First Published: Thu, October 17 2019. 17:25 IST