LOAN MELA a revolution
January 1982 I was called by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. When I went there, a surprise was waiting for me. "I am making you a Minister," Indira Gandhi said. Before I could realize what was happening, she continued "I am giving you Finance Portfolio." 'Thank you', I said. "You know why I am making you Finance Minister? Banks are not giving loans to farmers, working class, poor, students, unemployed youth. This was one of the main reasons why I nationalized Banks. But even then, people are struggling to get loans. You have come from a poor family background. You have seen poverty. That is why I have chosen you. Nobody has bothered to help these people. I want you to do it," she said.