Breach of privilege notice against SBI chief

The Congress on Friday submitted a breach of privilege notice against SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya for “insulting farmers and the House” through her remarks on loan waiver.

The Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said he has submitted the notice to Speaker Haribhau Bagde as “Arundhati Bhattacharya did not apologise for her remarks despite the Congress’ demand.”

The senior Congress leader said he has described Arundhati’s comments as “insulting to farmers, elected representatives and the House” in the notice.

The Opposition Congress and NCP have been demanding a complete loan waiver for farmers by raising the issue in the legislature.

The SBI chief had recently said that farm loan waivers upset credit discipline.

“We feel that in case of a (farm) loan waiver, there is always a fall in credit discipline because the people who get the waiver have expectations of future waivers as well. Such future loans often remain unpaid”, Arundhati had said on sidelines of an event on Wednesday.

Vikhe Patil said, “Arundhati Bhattacharya is not a policy-maker and she cannot take a decision regarding loan waivers to farmers. She had no right to make such comments.”

He alleged that the SBI chief’s remarks were “violation of the rights of the legislature which make laws.”


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