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India Front Line Report
SEAnews Issue:monthly
2014-09-26 ArtNo.45346
◆Big-picture reforms in India may take some time, says Rajan
【New York】India’s new government may take some time to unveil “grand, big-picture reforms” as it is currently focusing on implementation of stalled projects worth $50-70 billion that will pay dividends in the short run by helping on the inflation and income fronts, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan has said during a speech on India and the global economy at an event organised in Chicago on the 5th of September by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
 “In India, if you are looking for grand, big-picture reforms it may take some time coming... but in terms of decentralising, in terms of doing the small stuff which adds up to the big stuff, I think that is already happening,” Rajan said. He said people had been expecting “major changes very quickly” from the new government and harboured the belief that it will be moving fast on a “number of dimensions that the people want them to move on”. Rajan said the new Modi government had “stuck to the path the old government laid out” to show that there was continuity and this had benefited India in the eyes of the international investors. “I think the government has essentially focused on implementation because that is really the need of the hour. Lot of projects are being stuck because of environmental permissions and forest clearances,” he said.

○Govt, RBI to make monetary framework: Rajan
【New York】The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will this year negotiate to formulate a monetary framework for the central bank that lays more emphasis on inflation, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said in a speech in Chicago on the 5th of September.
 He said the focus for RBI has been on controlling inflation and on creating a sound monetary framework. The Reserve Bank of India Act of 1934 does not say anything about the framework that RBI operates under, he said.

○Jan Dhan Yojana opens a new door for RuPay gateway
【Mumbai】As Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the financial inclusion scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late last month notches up impressive numbers and is expected to meet its 7.5 crore accounts target well within 100 days, payment gateway RuPay is experiencing a boost in fortunes.
 Payment gateways are platforms that help banks facilitate electronic money transfers. India is only the fourth country in the world after the US, Japan and China to have its own national payment gateway, in RuPay.
 With the PMJDY getting nearly 2.5 crore new bank accounts within seven days of launch, each account holder gets a RuPay debit card along with his/her account.

○Jan Dhan Yojana: KPMG to validate number of accounts opened by banks
【New Delhi】The Finance Ministry has roped in professional services firm KPMG to undertake a validation exercise of the number of basic bank accounts opened by the banks under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
 KPMG’s confirmation of the number of accounts opened will help the Centre pitch for an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of bank accounts opened in a day, banking industry sources said. On August 28, the launch date of the PMJDY, the banking system had opened between 1.8 crore to 2 crore bank accounts, say bankers.

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Big-picture reforms in India may take some time, says Rajan

Government, RBI to devise monetary framework for central bank, says Rajan

Govt, RBI to devise monetary framework for inflation: Rajan

Govt, RBI to make monetary framework: Rajan

Jan Dhan Yojana opens a new door for RuPay gateway

Jan Dhan Yojana: KPMG to validate number of accounts opened by banks

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