Samit Ghosh , MD of Ujjivan comments on the Microfinance Crisis in Andhra Pradesh

Given below are the comments of Mr Samit Ghosh,MD of Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt Ltd which appeared in the Hindustan Times towards the end of November.Excerpts follow below

It’s in everyone’s interest

By Samit Ghosh

In AP, the Self Help Groups (SHGs) including the state government-led programmes reach 54% of the rural households, followed by moneylenders (37%) and MFIs (17%). Yet the MFIs, without any independent investigation, have been blamed for the suicides.
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Hans Dellien(left), Women’s World Banking and Samit Ghosh(Right), Ujjivan at a TV interview at FORMIC 2010

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There are several recommendations (including mine) floating around for the Malegam committee on how to fix microfinance. However, when we reflect on the current crisis, we find that no recommendation or regulation could have prevented the current mess. There is no way in which one can mandate a business to operate in a certain manner.

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