22 October, 2020

All Nos To That Yes To Yes Bank

All Nos To That Yes To Yes Bank

Over the past few years, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has made quite a mess of running the 12th-century temple in Puri, Odisha. Now, outrage over nearly Rs 545 crore of temple money parked in the beleaguered Yes Bank has got a fresh lease of life. The SJTA had taken the decision unilaterally in March 2019 without informing the Temple Management Committee, in gross violation of rules.“How did the SJTA take the decision when anyone who knows anything about banking knew that Yes Bank was in the doldrums and had been sliding since 2017?” asks Kartik Chandra Das, a banker. In February, the Temple Management Committee decided to withdraw the amount and deposit it in a nationalised bank, as required under the rules. On March 6, law minister Pratap Jena said the money had been put in two term deposits that would mature on March 16 and 29, respectively, and that it would be duly deposited in a nationalised bank. He did not utter a word, though, on how the decision to park money in Yes Bank was taken in the first place, nor on any action against the...



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