Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RBI Dy. Governor's remarks on SBI chairman are in bad taste

The RBI deputy governor's reported remarks on the SBI chairman are in bad taste. The issue here is not whether the SBI chief has a point when he says that cash-reserve requirements on banks are an unfair imposition considering there is no such demand from insurance firms, non-banking financial companies and mutual funds.
The RBI deputy governor would have been well within his rights in disagreeing. Where he has gone overboard is in suggesting that the SBI chairman can work somewhere else if he does not like the RBI's regulatory framework.
A regulator, especially one like the RBI that prides itself on its independence, should have the tolerance to hear its decisions being questioned by stakeholders. Flying off the handle at any dissent is unwarranted.

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