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India's poor conned out of their savings

Millions of low-income investors in Bengal state lose at least $2bn after collapse of unregulated Ponzi schemes.

Last Modified: 28 May 2013 12:25
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The government of India is scrambling to draw up new legislation on investment schemes that target the poor.

Millions of depositors, most from the lowest-income brackets, are now destitute and in debt, following the collapse of several funds, which were unregulated.

The Securities and Exchange board of India says people have handed over $2bn to these so-called collective investment schemes.

With no solution in sight, the state government and regulators are now passing the buck, blaming each other for allowing the money-circulating schemes to flourish.

Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan reports from Kolkata.

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