new Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a review meeting with the chief managers of public sector banks on Saturday. The director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who attended it, promised that bank officials who take appropriate decisions will no longer fear the CBI.
It was decided in the meeting that every notice sent by CBI will have a unique registration number, which will show that the notice sent by CBI is authentic. The investigation agency's action will be more sensitive for the business that fails from the legitimate commercial region. Bank officers will not be afraid of CBI in taking the right decision. They will get separate treatment facility for the bonafide decisions related to any project or business. That is, some concession will be available.
Apart from this, CBI will conduct several workshops with bank officers, in which it will be told how to stop the fraud and take the right decision. What are the wrong decisions? Information about this will also be given. Normally cases of more than Rs 3 crore will be given by banks to CBI. The CBI will not register the Suomoto case on its behalf. At the same time, within the banks, on various types of vigilance complaints, the committee at the general manager level of the bank will decide what steps to take against them.
It was decided under the leadership of the Finance Minister that in the case of fraud, banks will write an FIR in the CBI through e-filing and it will also be sent to the investigating agency through a fixed email.
The CBI will give a separate phone number, on which any person can call and complain against the wrong or harassment of the Investigating Officer or agency. Banks will follow the standards set for all forensic audits and forensic audit training will be given with CBI.
Apart from this, a new platform named eBook (Sales) has been launched by banks to sell the seized property. On this platform, arrangements will be made to sell the attached property by all banks.
It was informed that in the last three years, property worth Rs 2.3 lakh crore has been attached by banks. A photo video of these properties will be available on eBook that can be navigated. So far, 35,000 property details have been present on this platform. They will be auctioned.
The condition of banks was also discussed in the meeting. Last year, 19 banks were in losses, while 13 banks have turned profitable this year. NPA was also discussed in the meeting. NPAs of banks have decreased. The NPA was 8.96 lakh crore rupees in March 2018, it has become 7.27 lakh crore rupees in September 2019. Banks have recovered Rs 4.92 crore in the last four and a half years.
At the same time, it has also been decided that companies with a turnover of more than Rs 50 crore will make the system of RuPay Card and UPI mandatory for digital payment, in which customers will not have to pay charge or merchant discount rate. All banks will popularize Rupay debit card and UPI.