ATM crisis: Modi snatched our money, gave it to Nirav, says Rahul; updates

Several states are facing a cash shortage despite currency flows in the economy at the pre-demonetisation level


Severe cash crunch has been reported in several states of India – Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, and automated teller machines (ATMs) in these regions are running dry. People are facing a huge monetary crisis, with a majority of ATMs running out of cash. In Bihar’s Patna, several ATMs have gone ‘out of service’ causing inconvenience to the locals. Taking stock of the situation, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the temporary shortage of currency caused by a sudden and unusual increase in some areas was being tackled.

“We have reviewed the currency situation in the country; there is more than adequate currency circulation and it is available with the banks… a temporary shortage caused by the sudden and unusual increase in some areas is being tackled,” Jaitley said. Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed PM Modi for the cash crunch, saying: “Modi has destroyed the banking system.”

Rahul Gandhi said, “Nirav Modi fled with Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) and Prime Minister didn’t utter a word. We were forced to stand in queues as he snatched Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from our pockets and put in Nirav Modi’s pocket.”

The Congress chief also took a dig at BJP-led Central government’s slogan ‘Achhe Din’ and questioned as to when ‘these goods days’ were going to come. Not only Rahul Gandhi, terming the situation as “financial emergency”, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said: “PM Modi had said that everything will be fine in 50 days, but it has now been more than 1.5 years, and there is still a cash crunch.”

Here are the top developments in the crisis caused by a sudden shortage of cash across several states and what the government is saying:
1. Life gets miserable for many Indians, especially traders: Despite the currency flow in the economy going back to the pre-demonetisation level, ATMs are going dry making life miserable for many residents, especially traders. Many are running from one ATM to another in search of currency notes.

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Have reviewed the currency situation in the country. Over all there is more than adequate currency in circulation and also available with the Banks. The temporary shortage caused by ‘sudden and unusual increase’ in some areas is being tackled quickly.

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NPA problem: RBI identifies 12 mega defaulters for insolvency

The RBI will issue directives to banks on these large accounts


Today’s Paper : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said its internal advisory committee (IAC) had identified 12 accounts that covered about 25 per cent of the banking system’s non-performing assets for immediate resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The gross bad debt of the Indian banking system as of March was at Rs 7.11 lakh crore, which means the 12 accounts would be responsible for about Rs 1.78 lakh crore.

The central bank did not give the names of the borrowers.

The government has amended the RBI Act, giving powers to the central bank to direct banks to take punitive action against individual accounts under the Code. Earlier the central bank could give directions only on an industry basis.

The process of appointing a professional to take over the management of a company and then come out with a solution to repay loans will take a long time and may not be a workable solution, say corporate lawyers.

The process begins with the banks approaching the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to appoint a professional to manage a company even as the existing board gets suspended. The professional gets 180 days to come up with a workable solution for the company so that it can repay its loans. This timeline can be extended by another 90 days. If the company fails to come up with a solution within the 270 days, a liquidator is appointed.

Banks and workers will then have to submit their claims to the liquidator. “The difference between the new code and the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction is that the former has stringent timelines. Meanwhile, a promoter can move the High Court on various grounds, thus delaying the process,” said RS Loona, managing partner, Alliance Corporate Lawyers. |READMORE…

RBI issues new Rs 500 notes with inset letter A, old notes to remain valid

This was in continuation of Rs 500 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series notified on Nov 8, 2016


Today’s Paper : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced on Tuesday that it has issued Rs 500 denomination notes with inset letter A. However, the old notes, which were introduced after Prime Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive in November, 2016 will continue to remain the legal tender.

The central bank, in a statement, said that this was in continuation of the issue of Rs 500 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series, which were notified on November 8, 2016. From time to time, the bank introduces new series of legal tender.

“In continuation of issuing of Rs 500 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender, a new batch of banknotes with inset letter “A” in both the number panels, bearing the signature of Urjit R Patel, governor, Reserve Bank of India; with the year of printing ‘2017’ on the reverse, are being issued,” an official statement said.

This comes after RBI Deputy Governor N S Vishwanathan said in March that the central bank did not have any plan to introduce new denomination currencies as it wanted to encourage cashless transactions in the country, according to IANS.

Arun Ram Meghwal, minister of state for finance, said that the government was not planning to print Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 currency notes, Financial Express reported.

The RBI had announced on 16 December, 2016 that it would issue Rs 500 notes with the inset letter ‘E’ in both the number panels, the report added.

Additionally, the central bank said that the notes will bear Swachh Bharat logo on the backside of the banknote and that some of the notes would carry and additional character in the space between the prefix and the number of the banknote.