|
|
|
|
|
5th Muharram 1436 | Friday, Oct 31, 2014
Education and Career

'CAG/RBI should audit educational loans interest subsidy'

Saturday, 19 October 2013
Comments(0)
Chennai, October 19:

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) or the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should audit the manner in which the banks operate the interest subsidy scheme for their education loans, says K.Srinivasan, convenor of Education Loan Task Force (ELTF).

"Based on the complaints received by ELTF, many students have not been getting interest subsidy from many banks. There are bank managers who even fob off the borrowers denying any such interest subsidy scheme," Srinivasan, a former banker, told IANS.

ELTF guides students on rules and regulations governing the education loans offered by nationalised banks.

He said Canara Bank is the nodal agency for setting the bank's claims under the interest subsidy scheme for a fee and it would claim the amount from the human resource development ministry.

Srinivasan said under the interest subsidy scheme, the centre would reimburse the banks the interest due on the loan amount till the end of one year from the date of completion of the course, or six months from the date on which the student lands a job after his course -- whichever is earlier.

The centre would reimburse the interest to those students whose parental income is less than Rs.450,000 per annum, and on loans which are available only for professional and technical courses and not for arts/science, and students of diploma course, Srinivasan said.

Citing union budget documents, he said during 2011-12, Rs.697 crore was allotted for the loan's interest subsidy. Between 2012-13 and 2013-14, Rs.800 crore and Rs.1,100 crore have been allocated.

"I understand the Rs.1,100 crore allocation for this fiscal has already been exhausted," he added.

According to him, the total education loan portfolio for the banking sector as on March 31, 2013, is around Rs.53,000 crore in around 25 lakh accounts.

Under the Indian Bank's Association (IBA) guideline loan repayment could be done over a 10-15 year period.

"But banks force the students to pay within three/five years. With the poor economic situation and the lack of employment opportunities, the students are not able to pay huge monthly dues. The banks then classify the accounts as non-performing and give a negative public image about this portfolio," he said.

Banks also shame the students by pasting their pictures on the branch notice boards when they default on dues.

"We appreciate the interest subsidy scheme, but the way in which the interest subsidy is managed needs to be thoroughly audited by CAG or RBI," said the ELTF convener.

Latest News

Add spices and herbs in food for super health

Spices and herbs not only offer a zingy flavour to your food, they can also improve your health by h ...

Have nuts, fruits to lower stroke risk

Eating diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, poultry and fish combined with physical act ...

Thousands join 'Run For Unity' in Mumbai

Thousands of Mumbaikars participated in the two-km long Run For Unity to mark the birth anniversary ...

Related News

IIHM introduces degree in Master of Public Health

Indian Institute of Health Management Research University has introduced a degree in Masters of Publ ...

HC passes order of compromise between teac...

Madras High Court today directed a teacher of a city based school to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the mother of student for beating he ...

Scholars welfare society conducts Parents ...

By the Grace of Allah, this morning we wrapped up another Parent's motivational session at Mahanagar Childrens Academy, a school located in ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26810 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think formation of 'She' teams would be beneficial for women's safety?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, AP, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com