India - bank doesn't employ tobacco users and tobacco users must pay more for bank loans...

September 27, 2010 - Gujarat Rajkot People’s Cooperative Bank (RPCBj), with network of five branches in Rajkot district, has 30,000 customers, and total deposits of over Rs 96 crore (100 crore = 1 billion)).

Just educational qualifications and work experience are not enough to get a job at the Rajkot People’s Cooperative Bank (RPCB). There is another criterion: the candidate should not consume tobacco — or should at least be willing to give up the habit.

When it comes to loan seekers too, the bank offers a lower rate of interest for those who don’t consume tobacco. Tobacco addicts are made to pay one per cent more. With the bank offering housing loans at low interest rates, it gets many prospective clients.

The RPCB has been following this no-tobacco rule since it was founded 11 years ago. Khunt says he was inspired by his school teacher, Jayant Acharya, who believed that “any non-addict can be a better performer than an addict. You may be rich and famous, but the money won’t save you if you do not care about your body”.

Reference: In Gujarat bank, a higher loan rate for tobacco addicts,, 9.25.2010

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