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Onus is on Centre to check money laundering: Subbarao

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D. Subbarao

Bringing down inflation without hurting growth is the biggest challenge

Amid allegations of money laundering against banks and insurance companies by an online portal, Reserve Bank of India Governor D. Subbarao, on Wednesday, said it was the responsibility of the government and tax authorities to check such activities.

“The RBI is not directly involved... even banks are not directly responsible. They are not expected to inquire about the source of income. It is for government and tax authorities to check money laundering,” Mr. Subbarao said while addressing students and academicians as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Jammu & Kashmir Bank.

No conclusive evidence

The RBI chief further said there was no conclusive evidence of money laundering in the expose of Cobrapost, the portal which has alleged wrong doing on the part of 23 public and private sector banks and insurance companies.

On challenges before the RBI, he said the biggest one was bringing down inflation without hurting growth. The central bank has recently reduced short-term lending rate by 0.25 percentage point to promote growth, but industry was not satisfied.

Plastic currency soon

Dr. Subbarao also said the central bank was planning to introduce plastic currency notes soon. The RBI and the government had earlier decided to introduce one billion pieces of Rs.10 notes in polymer/plastic on a field trial basis in Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubneswar and Shimla.

It was being done to elongate the life of bank notes, especially the ones with lower denominations.

Referring to Islamic banking, Dr. Subbarao said that the concept was not consistent with Indian banking regulations.

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