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India To Press For Stimulus Package Continuance at G-20 Summit !

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India will seek continuance of the stimulus package that was devised to get the global economy out of the worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh .

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who leads the Indian delegation at the summit being hosted by President Barack Obama, will voice developing countries views that the developed countries should return to the trend growth and stabilization of the banking and financial sectors.

Such measures affects exports, capital flows and investment of the developing economies.

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Indian PM is going to pitch strongly against any attempts at protectionism and advocating reforms of the international financial institutions in this G 20 Summit .

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Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan, Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla are among the members of the Indian delegation which attending the summit.

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This Summit will also be attended by world leaders including British Prime Minister, German Chancellor, French PresidentΒ  among others.

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The summit represents 90 per cent of the world’s GDP, 80 per cent of the world trade and two-thirds of humanity.

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The summit is important for emerging economies like India, which have been affected by the global economic crisis not of its making, to tell the world that there was need to continue the stimulus package that was agreed at the Washington summit last November and a decision to pump in USD 1.1 trillion was decided at the London Summit in April last.

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Indian delegation are of view that the continuance of the stimulus package was in the interest of the poor countries and the emerging economies and developed economies should not adopt any strategy to exit from it.

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India will voice strongly the need for avoiding the temptation to resort to protectionism by the developed countries under the present crisis.

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Banking To Turn More Customer Friendly ;)

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The Banking Code and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) revised the Code of Banks’ Commitment to customers, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and IBA.

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The move will make banking more customer-friendly, as it promises more transparency in banks’ functions and dealing with the consumers.

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The reviewed code leads banks to disclose complete information on interest rates, including reference rates to which floating rates of interest are linked.

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In addition, banks are also required to display customer centric policies on cheque collection, compensation and grievance redressal on their website.

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Besides, they need to provide Most Important Terms & Conditions (MITC) to customers who have applied for credit facilities by way of loan or credit card and also update immediately on website, any changes in terms and conditions of products and services offered.

The banks are also required to compensate customer, apart from these, for delayed collection of cheques and also reimburse erroneous debit from ATM transactions.

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RBI‘s active interest in raising standards of banking services is in line with the need to improve the customer banking experience and iron out anomalies that impede with customers’ rights.

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However, the concerned revisions in the banking code have come after sustained complaints from customers over lack of transparency in certain banking issues.

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Indian Corporates Pitched For a Cut in Interest Rates :)

Softer Interest Rate Regime

Stating that it was essential to maintain the growth momentum, India Inc described 6.8% rise in July industrial output as “evidence of recovery and pitched for a cut in interest rate.

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However, although performance in July has been lower than the previous month, vigorous increase in mining and manufacturing has kept up the level of industrial growth at a reasonable level of 6.8%.

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Additionally, it is said that the industrial economy is passing through a very important stage and FICCI has as a result advocated the need for a softer interest rate regime to assist the overall growth process and promote investments.

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“Although performance in July has been somewhat lower than the previous month…nevertheless robust growth in mining and manufacturing have kept up the level of industrial growth at a reasonable level of 6.8 per cent,” Ficci Secretary General Amit Mitra said in a statement.

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On the other hand, the RBI had cut reverse repo and repo rate by 25 basis points each in April whereas in June, the factory production was revised to 8.2% against 7.8% anticipated provisionally.

Moreover, Assocham stated that in future, the force of stimulus packages would also add on to the revival and India could move on to a close to 6.5% of GDP in the present financial year.

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