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By NewsGram staff writer

Lucknow: In a fresh setback to the beleaguered Sahara India Pariwar, Sahara India Financial Corporation Limited’s license holding has been cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday.

reserve-bank-of-india-550x524The action has been taken by the department of non-banking supervision of the RBI, in Kanpur.

The move comes in wake of several irregularities and ignoring financial rules and regulations by Sahara, an official further informed.

The notice regarding cancellation of the license to conduct financial business has been sent to the Kapurthala headquarters of Sahara India.

The move is being seen as the ‘final nail’ in the fortunes of the once-fledgling company as the SIFCL was its core wing from which money was collected through small time subscribers and then routed to other wings such as media, real estate and others.

With its chairman Subrata Roy Sahara already in jail for more than a year, the RBI action, many fear, could “break the financial spine” of the organisation.

Under the new order, the Sahara India would be barred from any sort of financial transactions.

The RBI had in 2008 barred the company from taking any deposits from the people under its chit fund operations.

Many depositors had since then complained to the RBI that they were not being paid back their money by Sahara, following which a probe was ordered by the bank.

A report of the investigations was sent to the RBI HQ in Mumbai last month after which the penal action of cancelling the license of SIFCL was taken.

(with inputs from IANS)

 

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PNB says no “cash shortage” in its ATMs

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country

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State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Wednesday said there is no “cash shortage in its ATMs across the country.

“Overall, Punjab National Bank has not faced any cash shortage in its ATMs across the country and continue to function as usual,” the state-run lender said in a statement. “Out of 9,679 PNB ATMs, there is a 90 per cent availability of ATMs which is normal.”

PNB denies claims of cash shortage.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought to allay fears amidst reports of a cash crunch and empty ATMs in the country by stating that “there is more than adequate currency in circulation”, even as the government blamed “unusual demand” for shortages in some areas.

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Besides, the central government announced that it has decided to increase printing of Rs 500 notes by five times. In addition, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is “taking steps to move currency to areas” which have witnessed unusually large cash withdrawals.

“The shortage may be felt in some pockets largely due to logistical issues of replenishing ATMs frequently and the recalibration of ATMs being still underway. RBI is closely monitoring both these aspects,” the RBI had said in a statement on Tuesday. “Further, as a matter of abundant precaution, RBI is also taking steps to move currency to areas which are witnessing unusually large cash withdrawals.” IANS

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