Officials of Namli Central Bank in MP thought it better to violate RBI norms this time, as the couple for whose marriage the Kamravat community had approached them to allow withdrawal of Rs 2.5 lakh, were deities themselves.
In Namli village of Ratlam district, marriage ceremony of the holy Tulsi (basil plant) with Lord Charbhuja Nath (Lord Vishnu) hit the roadblock when the bank refused to grant the cash withdrawal after the community members had approached them with a wedding card as proof on Monday. The savings account in the deity’s name has Rs 5.35 lakh in it.
Bank officials told them that the money can only be given to “parents of the bride and the groom, as per directions of Reserve Bank of India”.
The decision hurt religious sentiments of the villagers, who later informed the district collector, higher-ups of the bank officials and threatened to stage a demonstration and lodge a missing complaint of the deity’s parents with police.
Collector B Chandrashekhar and bank officials promised villagers a solution. The bank officials then made fund transfers of Rs 24,000 each to the accounts of eight members of the community, totalling Rs 1.92 lakh.
Kumavat community convener Rajesh Bharava said, “People from neighbouring villages participated in the ceremony. About 6,000 people took part in the feast.”