At the concluding session of the two-day bankers' meet 'Gyan Sangam' to chalk out banking reforms, Modi also called for ending "lazy banking" and said banks must prioritise lending to employment-generating sectors.

While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called for bold reforms, Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan emphasised on the need for cleaning up bad debts and possible Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the system within a year to bring the economy back on track.
    
Bankers on their part suggested that government ownership in PSBs should be brought down below 51 per cent over time as well as eliminate market distortions like loan waivers and interest rate caps for agriculture loans.
    
Briefing reporters about the deliberations, Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said Modi has promised that the PSBs will not ever get "a call from Prime Minister's Office (PMO)" that may affect their working.
    
Calling upon the banking sector to establish banks which rank among the top of the global league, Modi said banks need to be run professionally and assured them that there would be no interference.
    
"But accountability is essential," he said, adding that the government had no vested interest, and public sector banks can derive strength from this fact.
    
Stating that India is a democracy, the Prime Minister said he is against political interference, but supports political intervention in the interest of the people.
    
He said, "political intervention will enable the voice of the common man to reach such institution".
    
In his remarks at the conference, Jaitley today assured bankers that government was ready to protect their commercial decisions as "risks have to be taken" by them.

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