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Updated: May 25, 2013 21:47 IST

FM tells banks to gear up for a growing economy

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Financial institutions are lacking capacity to handle rising volumes

The economy will revive this fiscal, and will grow by one percentage point more than last fiscal, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said here on Saturday.

“In the next year, I expect it to grow by another one per cent (percentage point) more,” Mr. Chidambaram said while inaugurating the new building of Canara Bank here.

The growth estimate of the Central Statistical Office for 2012-13 at 5 per cent was lower than the Reserve Bank of India’s earlier expectation of 5.5 per cent. The RBI had projected a growth rate of 5.7 per cent for 2013-14.

The Finance Minister told banks to gear up for a growing economy by readying human resources and technology. “We never built the capacity to manage large scale and size. We have to develop these capacities for future growth,” Mr. Chidambaram added.

He said all financial institutions, including regulators, were lacking capacity to handle rising volumes. An exponential growth in the economy needed huge resources, he stressed. “In the senior level whether employees are able to take up multi-task?” he asked, adding that multi-tasking would benefit institutions and the economy. “Unlearn past habits, and learn new ways,” he added.

Mr. Chidambaram said non-performing assets (NPAs) were not unusual. As economy slowed down, this phenomenon happened. Once the economy grew, there would be a reverse to it. The Finance Minister asked bankers to identify wilful defaulters and others.

Mr. Chidambaram said that the next phase of Direct Benefit Transfer would be initiated from July 1. “This is a huge responsibility of banks to identify the beneficiary and deliver it to the beneficiary’s account.”

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"“In the senior level whether employees are able to take up multi-task?”

The Honorable Minister seems to be hinting at something here. Is he alluding to a lack of industry on the part of senior level employees? What about the junior employees? Does he know how many hours they work per day? Does he care? I had a conversation with one bank employee at the Bank where we have an account - she told me that they work more than 12 hours per day. Does the welfare of employees figure even remotely in his thinking?

from:  Anand Richard
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 18:07 IST

So, when did this FM get the insight to give importance to Indian companies. Is it because he is not able to fill his pocket anymore, and he can start bargaining with the local companies to meet his needs. No wonder why Indian Investors are fleeing, it is purely because of his sick behavior and everyone Indian Investor knows this fact.

from:  Aldrine David
Posted on: May 25, 2013 at 16:24 IST
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