Asserting that taxi hailing apps like Ola and Uber must comply with its norms, RBI today said it is not a “paper tiger” and will enforce all regulations irrespective of whether they are “good, bad or ugly”.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan also said that as a regulator, the central bank was open to modifying regulations if necessary, while a number of steps have already been taken, including the ‘touch-and-go’ credit card facility.
“I want to be very very clear here. We did move against one of the taxi providers because they were violating our regulations as they stood. We needed to bring them in to compliance to the regulation.
“And this is something I want to emphasise. Our intent is whatever regulations are on the books — good, bad, ugly — they have to be complied with …if regulation is a bad regulation, we change the regulation. But what is on books has to be enforced. We don’t want to be a paper tiger. We should not be a paper tiger.” he said.
RBI, he added, was trying to streamline its regulations and has come up with bunch of master circulars for easier reference.
On a question to when India will become a ‘two-eyed king’, in a reference to his earlier ‘one-eyed king’ comment, Rajan said, “It depends both on what the rest of the world does and what we do. If rest of the world accelerates and we don’t, obviously it takes us longer. My sense is the way recovery is picking up …perhaps before rest of the world accelerates.”
Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley