Srinagar: Terming it highly unfortunate , Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) today said Easy Monthly Instalments(EMI’s) of several accounts were debited from their business accounts when RBI has clearly asked banks to defer it by three months starting from March 1st.

A statement issued to KNS reads, there is no justification for the deduction of EMI’s, said KTMF acting President Manzoor Ah Bhat. “The borrowers in J&K had got a reason to smile as RBI had directed all banks including Jammu and Kashmir Bank not deduct EMIs on all loans for the next three months considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has rattled the entire globe but on contrast J&K Bank is adopting a different yardstick”, he said.

“We got various calls since morning from traders about the deduction of EMI’s from their accounts. On enquiring from higher ups in the bank, they said that borrower should give in writing about non deduction of monthly instalments and its deferment. How is it possible for thousands of borrowers to go to the bank as we are under strict lockdown since last 10 days and maintaining social distancing”, he said.

Bhat said, “It is impressed upon J&K Bank to reverse the deductions made today and not to cause inconvenience to the traders in these testing times. We also hope that CMD J&K Bank will abide by its word of implementation of RBI guidelines in J&K. (KNS)

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