The Congress accused the BJP government of forcefully taking Rs 1,76 lakh crore from the RBI to hide a “grave” economic slowdown and claimed that it had pushed the country into a “financial emergency”.
The Reserve Bank of India had on Monday approved the transfer of a record Rs 1.76 lakh crore dividend and surplus reserves to the government, boosting the BJP-led regime’s finances amidst the slowing economy without widening fiscal deficit.
“RBI’s emergency fund is at a six-year low as the BJP government has forcefully taken Rs 1,76,000 crore from the RBI to hide its failures and grave economic slowdown,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, tagging a media report on the central bank’s emergency fund.
“The BJP government has pushed the country into a financial emergency,” he said. In another tweet, the Congress spokesperson also pointed out to the rising number of bank frauds. “‘Loot & Scoot’ in ‘New India’ as a complicit BJP govt looks the other way and common man is taxed!” he said.
According to the RBI annual report, the number of cases of frauds reported by banks saw a jump of 15 per cent year-on-year basis in 2018-19, with the amount involved increasing by 73.8 per cent to Rs 71,543 crore from Rs 41,167 crore reported in the previous fiscal.
The issue of transferring the RBI’s reserves to the government has been a hot topic of debate for the past few months and emerged as a major bone of contention between previous RBI governor Urjit Patel and the government. In December last year, the RBI set up the Bimal Jalan committee to examine what level of reserves the apex bank should actually maintain, and how much it could transfer to the government.