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Finance minister Sitharaman blames UPA for NPAs, write-offs 'not waivers' – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday attacked the UPA regime for its alleged failure to recover money from those who turned their loan accounts into non-performing assets (NPAs), and said under the Modi government, banks for the first time got back money from defaulters.
Sitharaman also said in the Lok Sabha that actions have been taken, including registration of FIRs, against those who have cheated small savings depositors through various fraudulent activities.
Responding to questions by DMK’s T R Baalu about the government’s action against loan defaulters and NPAs, the finance minister said “writing off” loans does not mean “complete waive off” and the banks are following every loan to recover the outstanding amount.
“Over Rs 10,000 crore, I am saying ‘over’ as I don’t want to disclose the actual figure, have been recovered by PSU banks from loan defaulters after taking over their assets. For the first time in the country, under the Modi government, the banks got back money from many NPAs. While during the UPA government, no money was recovered from the NPAs,” she said.
Sitharaman’ remarks invited sharp reactions and protests from Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. The finance minister said the opposition party must listen to the “bitter truth” and alleged that the loans were given during the previous UPA regime due to political considerations.

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