Finance Minister Rebukes SBI Chairman For Closing Accounts OF Tea Garden Laborers And Calls Bank Ruthless:-
New Delhi. An audio clip of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman has gone viral. In which she is reprimanding State Bank Of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar. During this time the Finance Minister called SBI an unqualified and ruthless bank. This audio is of the time when Nirmala Sitharaman went to Guwahati on February 27 for SBI Financial Outreach Program. Assams Finance Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma and senior officers of other banks were present in the program.
What Is In The Audio Clip:-
In the audio, the Finance Minister is unhappy with SBI that about 2.5 lakhs accounts of tea garden workers in Assam were not in working condition. In the audio, the Finance Minister Asked SBI chairman that “You will meet me in Delhi on this matter”. I cannot leave the matter like this. I hold you completely responsible for this failure. I will have a detailed conversation with you on this matter. You should have to take care of all the accounts so that no laborer gets in trouble.
All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) Criticized The Reprimand:-
All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) has criticized this behavior of the Finance Minister. AIBOC said that it is saddest that someone has recorded the entire incident and made it viral on social media. The Organisation said that public representatives should not treat top officials of banks publically in such a manner. AIBOC has demanded action should be taken against the person who made this clip viral on social media. AIBOC is the Indias largest organization of bank officials and has a membership of about 3 lakh 20 thousand.
Assam Finance Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma Said It Wrong:-
Supporting AIBOCs statement Assam Finance Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma said the incident wrong in a tweet on Saturday. He said that the State has opened almost 8 lakh accounts of tea garden workers in 2017. After this, we have also deposited an incentive amount of RS 5,000 in each account. However, he also said that due to a lack of local banking authorities, a large part of the laborers has not been paid. Sharma raised this matter in his budget speech on 6 March. He also said that in the financial year 2018-19 5000rs have been deposited through direct benefit transfer in 7 lakh 21 thousand 485 bank accounts of laborers of the state.