Finance ministry insists it respects RBI's independence and autonomy

New Delhi - Refuting allegations by an RBI union of interfering in the affairs of the central bank, the finance ministry on Saturday said the government fully respects independence and autonomy of the banking regulator.



"Consultations between the government and RBI are undertaken on various matters of public importance wherever such consultation is mandated by law or has evolved as a practice. Consultations mandated by law or as evolved by practice should not be taken as infringement of autonomy of RBI," the ministry said in a statement.

The United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees in a letter to RBI Governor Urjit Patel had said employees were feeling "humiliated" by events since demonetisation and alleged that the government has been impinging on the central bank's autonomy by appointing an official for currency coordination.

"It is categorically stated that the government fully respects independence and autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India," said the finance ministry.

The union raised the issue after at least three former governors -- Manmohan Singh (former prime minister), Bimal Jalan and Y V Reddy -- flagged concerns about the central bank's functioning. Former deputy governors, including Usha Thorat and K C Chakrabarty too have voiced their worries.

The letter said the RBI staff have carried out its job excellently after the move to ban 87 per cent of the outstanding currency by the government.

Updated Date: Jan 15, 2017 11:08 AM

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