NHRC notice to bank for not recommending relief money

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The National Humnan Rights Commission on Wednesday issued a notice to the Central Bank of India for not recommending monetary relief of Rs.1 lakh to a beneficiary of education loan, who was wrongfully tagged as a defaulter because of wrong data entry.

According to the commission, one of the bank’s branches in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu displayed the student as well as her father’s photographs captioning them wrongly as ‘missing’ and ‘defaulters’.

“Due to erroneous data entry in the system, the victim’s loan account was wrongly classified as ‘Non-Performing Asset’ (NPA),” said the commission.

“It was also found that the publication of her as well as her father’s photographs was against the advice issued by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, to all the banks that names and photographs of the students, who are unable to repay education loan or where there is a delay in the repayment thereof, should not be published,” added the commission.

A reply has been sought within four weeks.

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