Decision making fears straining liquidity: Chanda Kochhar

PTI Posted online: Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : Blaming fear psychosis for policy paralysis, ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar today said delay in claim settlements of private sector due to indecision is putting strain on liquidity in the system.

"It is not only project under implementation. There are so many claims pending from private sector where money is not released, creating huge liquidity strain in the system," she said at the India Economic Conclave organised by ETNow.

"I think this whole fear of decision making has set in now. It is in the entire ecosystem. Every decision today is subject to witch-hunting whether it is judiciary or media. I think there are umpteen examples...," Kochhar said.

Citing example of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), she said claims worth Rs 60,000 crore have not been settled by the agency that builds national highways.

"I do not know whether these claims are real or not because somebody has to take a decision," she said.

"I think we all as a country sit back and say we are creating an eco system where we are just making it impossible for anybody to do work," she added.

Several steps have been taken by government to speed up the process of government clearances for industry, build an environment more conducive to trade and industry and increase investment in the economy.

The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI), headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has cleared 209 projects worth over Rs 3.84 lakh crore.