Cabinet approves release of interest subvention to Public Sector Banks

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Friday gave its approval for the release of funds to the tune of over 4,868 crore rupees as interest subvention to Public Sector, Regional Rural and Cooperative banks to ensure short term crop loans to farmers.

The Government has since 2006-07 been subsidizing short term crop loans to farmers in order to ensure the availability of crop loans to farmers for loans up to Rs. 3.00 lakh, at seven percent per annum.

This Interest Subvention Scheme has been further continued for 2010-11 for Public Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks and Cooperative Banks.

In the year 2009-10, an additional subvention of one percent was being provided to farmers who repay on time. This has been increased from one percent in 2009-10 to two percent in 2010-11. Thus, the effective rate of interest for such farmers will be five per cent per annum.

The banks have been consistently meeting the targets set for agriculture credit flow in the past few years.

For the year 2010-11, the target for agricultural credit flow has been raised to Rs.3,75,000 crore from Rs.3, 25,000 crore in the year 2009-10. (ANI)

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