WB CM Mamata Banerjee Slams FRDI Bill


Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is opposing the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill which is likely to be placed during the ongoing winter session of the Parliament.

Bursting a letter to finance minister Arun Jaitley, Banerjee called the proposed new legislation as the “biggest assault on the financial security of the poor and the middle class in the country.”

Demanding an immediate withdrawal of the Bill, Banerjee wrote, “It appears that the Bill will forcibly take away the hard earned life-savings of the common people entrusted to the banks for bailing out new section of people with vested interests, who have siphoned-off the loans given to them by the banking system.”

“This is tantamount to cheating the depositors, for no fault of theirs. This, in my view, is grossly unfair and totally unethical,” Banerjee added. The Chief minister also alleged that the banking system in India has failed in managing the sector on “sound financial principles and highest norms of transparency and probity.”

“Now in order to cover up the failures and allow one section of the vested interests to go unpunished, the Government of India wants the common depositors of this country to forego their life-savings. This is really shocking and unacceptable. It is a travesty that the Government of India as the owner of the nationalised banks is now trying to replenish the eroded capital of the banks by forcibly taking away the small depositors’ savings, instead of facing the crisis in the banking sector head on, from its own resources,” she wrote in her letter.