Poor are honest borrowers: Chidambaram

Asks banks not to hesitate in giving loan

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Oct 23: Finance Minister P Chidambaram today asked banks and financial institutions not to hesitate in giving loans to the poor, saying they are honest borrowers and do not default on payment.
 "The point which I have driven home so many times, the poor in India are not bad borrowers, the poor in India are not dishonest borrowers, the poor in India are ethical, honest, are deserving borrowers. Therefore we must lend more to the poor," he said at a function here.
 The Minister said while big corporate houses can easily get loans of even of Rs 1,000 crore, the poor face problems.
 "In fact a big business house can easily raise a thousand crore rupees...They can even not pay their loans. The story is that if you are a small borrower you go after the bank and if you are a big borrower the bank is to go after you," he said.
 The Minister was speaking after releasing the social audit report of Shriram City Union Finance.
 The Finance Minister further said that if a corporate borrower fails to pay the loan, it is the bank which suffers, not the borrower.
 "But that is not so for the poor borrower. There is no margin of error for him. The small borrower has to borrow small amount of money, pay what may appear to be a higher rate of interest, make money, repay the loan in time because otherwise he will not get the second loan," he added.
 Emphasizing the poor must get loan, Chidambaram said he himself has seen on many occasions Self Help Groups (SHGs) or education loan borrowers repaying their loan.
 "So I think it is important to remember that the poor in this country deserved to be helped," Chidambaram added.
 The Finance Minister also emphasized on the need to bring the entire population under the ambit of formal financial coverage.
 Highlighting the plight of borrowers who take funds from money lenders on high rate of interest, the Finance Minister said the government has taken steps to bring the deprived section into the fold of formal banking network.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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