Ready to be 'Neelakantha', drink poison to clean system: Urjit Patel

Expressing deep anguish over a spate of banking frauds, RBI Governor Urjit Patel said today that like the Neelakantha, the central bank will consume poison and face brickbats, but will persist with an endeavour to become better with each trial. Breaking silence over the Rs 12,967 crore scam at PNB, he said: "I have chosen to speak today to convey that we at the Reserve Bank of India also feel the anger, hurt and pain at the banking sector frauds and irregularities." Delivering a lecture at the Gujarat National Law University here, he said: "In plain simple English, these practices amount to a looting of our countrys future by some in the business community, in cahoots with some lenders." Patel said RBI has in a place asset quality review of banks and "we are doing all we can to break this unholy nexus".

Invoking mythology, he said RBI has undertaken the cleaning up of the countrys credit culture as the Mandara mount or the churning rod in the Amrit Manthan or the Samudra Manthan of the modern day Indian economy. Until the churn is complete and the nectar of stability safely secured for the countrys future, someone must consume the poison that emanates along the way, he said. "If we need to face the brickbats and be the Neelakantha consuming this poison, we will do so as our duty; we will persist with our endeavours and get better with each trial and tribulation along the way...

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