Govt making all efforts to curb fraudulent schemes: Pilot

Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said govt is making efforts to ensure that entities do not misuse existing loopholes to defraud investors.

New Delhi: Amid rising concerns over fraudulent money raising activities, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot on Monday said the government is making all efforts to ensure that entities do not misuse existing loopholes to defraud investors.

"Finance Ministry, Corporate Affairs Ministry, Sebi and RBI, all of us are making sure that whatever gaps existed or whatever is existing, no entity or company is able to misuse those loopholes," Pilot said here.

He was responding to queries on actions initiated by the government and other regulators to curb fraudulent investment schemes in the wake of Saradha scam.

"Our foremost endeavour should be to make sure that losses are minimum to the people who have invested (in fraudulent schemes).... Our priority is to recover as much money (lost by investors)," the Minister said on the sidelines of a Competition Commission of India (CCI) event.

According to Pilot, the Chit Funds Act 1982 is enacted by Parliament and enforced by the state government. Every state government has a Registrar of Chits to which every chit company must register with, he added.

"So the compliance, regulation and any action that needs to be taken on chit funds violating the laws really stands in the jurisdiction of state governments but we are there to help and support any effort that the state governments make," the Minister noted.

An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) has been set up to discuss ways to tackle fraudulent investment schemes in the wake of Kolkata-based Saradha Group scam that allegedly duped lakhs of investors of their savings.

Pilot, in February, had written to all state governments about companies having dubious investment schemes cropping up in different parts of the country.

In curbing fraudulent schemes, Pilot said there are compliance issues besides issues in detecting companies on how they misuse (the funds).

"Sebi has asked for more powers. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is willing to help Sebi with whatever is related to listed and unlisted companies," he added.

Generally collective investment schemes come under the purview of capital market regulator Sebi while many schemes such as chit funds are exempted from its ambit.

In response to a query on the idea of having a single regulator for collective investment schemes, Pilot said the issue needs to be discussed further.