RRBs: Started for whom? Running for whom?
Deccan Herald news dt.23.03.15m
Commercialisation of social banking at the cost of poor
P S M RAO, MARCH 20, 2015 AA
The Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), the Indian Grameen Banks, would have been the most suitable institutions to serve the poor; better than the so-called 'best model' in the world, 'Grameen Bank' of Bangladesh, but for the continued distortions, in the name of reforms, brought about by the government in phases since 1993. The RRBs amendment Bill 2014, passed by the Lok Sabha in December and waiting for the passage by the Rajya Sabha is going to be a coup de grace.
Born in 1975, through an ordinance, later made RRBs Act, 1976, these banks came up with the sole purpose of catering to the credit and other needs of small and marginal farmers, agricultural labourers, rural artisans, street venders, petty traders and all those below the poverty line in rural areas.