Ask CBI to probe corruption in state-run banks: BJP MP

Concerned over skeletons coming out after the arrest of Syndicate Bank CMD SK Jain, a BJP member on Thursday asked the government to direct the CBI to prepare a time-bound action plan to probe corruption in state-run banks.

New Delhi: Concerned over skeletons coming out after the arrest of Syndicate Bank CMD S K Jain, a BJP member on Thursday asked the government to direct the CBI to prepare a time-bound action plan to probe corruption in state-run banks which are running high NPAs.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Kirit Somaiya said "corruption has hit public sector banks and the Syndicate Bank case is an eye-opener."

He said there have been cases in which private companies have been responsible for "high non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad debts and the banks` officials give them loan again."

Demanding stringent action against the culprits, he said the government should direct the CBI to prepare a time-bound action plan to check corruption in state-run banks and nexus of their officials with private companies.

Ramesh Pokhrial (BJP) made a strong plea for the Centre to build roads in flood-hit Uttarakhand on a war-footing as they have been damaged extensively following last year`s devastation caused by massive landslides. He said while nearly 20,000 pilgrims go to Chardham Yatra in normal times, the flow has come down to 200-300 now.

He wanted loan waiver for farmers and small businessmen in the area as their livelihood had been destroyed.
Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) wanted urgent steps to complete the construction of the national highways connecting Delhi and Kolkata to Kathmandu, saying it would fulfil the Prime Minister`s promise of closer relations with Nepal.

His party colleague Jagdambika Pal made a strong plea for giving arrears to cane growers across the country. He noted that sugar mills have to give as much as Rs 10,541 crore to the cane growers.

In Uttar Pradesh, the sugar mills were yet to give Rs 7,132 crore to the growers, he said, asking the Centre to direct the states to ensure that farmers get their dues.

Sougata Roy (Trinamool) demanded that the Centre should urgently pay Rs 885 crore to West Bengal government as its share of the national rural employment guarantee scheme for the state so that the rural poor are not affected.

Murali Mohan Maganti (TDP) wanted the Railway Ministry to enhance the compensation from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh to the next of kin of 25 school children killed when their bus collided with a train at an unmanned level-crossing in Medak district in Telangana.

Maintaining that there were reports of the MNREGA scheme to be confined to "only a few selected blocks" across the country, Roy said this would be an "anti-people" step and the scheme should continue to be implemented across the country as was being currently done.

Dhananjay B Mahadik (NCP) pointed towards the recent hike in cement prices from Rs 4,400 per tonne in June to Rs 5,200 in July, leading to a spurt in construction costs and alleged that there was a "nexus" between cement factory owners and wholesalers.

He demanded that the government should take over the practice of fixing cement prices as earlier and not leave it in the hands of the private sector.

Kulamani Samal (BJD) wanted a comprehensive action plan for granting jobs to locals in areas like Jagatsinghpur in Odisha where major industries have been set up, dispossessing the locals of their land.

Narendra K Sawaikar (BJP) sought the Centre`s help to increase the supply of kerosene for the people of Goa, while Congress member Vincent Pala sought exemption of tribal areas of Meghalaya from laws banning coal mining activities.

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