Union Cabinet approves Rs 34,856 crore towards interest subvention scheme for agriculture loans – Times of India


NEW DELHI: With RBI mountaineering the lending price, the Union Cupboard on Wednesday earmarked Rs 34,856 crore in direction of the curiosity subvention scheme to assist banks present brief time period agriculture loans of as much as Rs 3 lakh at a price of seven per cent.
Info and broadcasting minister Anurag Singh Thakur mentioned the Cupboard has determined to revive curiosity subvention on brief time period agriculture loans to 1.5 per cent for all monetary establishments.
The curiosity subvention of 1.5 per cent might be offered to lending establishments for monetary years 2022-23 to 2024-25 for brief time period loans of as much as Rs 3 lakh to the farmers.
The curiosity subvention help requires extra budgetary provisions of Rs 34,856 crore for the interval of 2022-23 to 2024-25 below the scheme, an official assertion mentioned.
Thakur mentioned the federal government’s help to banks for the curiosity subvention scheme was stopped in Might 2020 as lenders had been themselves capable of present brief time period agriculture mortgage at 7 per cent.
Nevertheless, with the Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) rising the repo price or short-term lending price thrice by 140 foundation factors in current months, it grew to become essential to compensate banks in order that they will proceed offering agriculture loans at 7 per cent.
Thakur additionally mentioned the federal government has not let the fertiliser costs to rise regardless of the rise in world costs.
Additional, the minister mentioned the fertiliser subsidy within the present fiscal yr is more likely to be greater than Rs 2 lakh crore.
Within the Union Finances for 2022-23, the fertiliser subsidy was estimated at Rs 1.05 lakh crore. The subsidy was Rs 1.62 lakh crore within the final monetary yr.
On the curiosity subvention scheme, the official assertion mentioned the federal government help will guarantee sustainability of credit score circulate within the agriculture sector in addition to guarantee monetary well being and viability of the lending establishments, particularly regional rural banks and cooperative banks.
Banks will have the ability to take in the rise in the price of funds following the hike in repo price by RBI and might be inspired to grant loans to farmers for brief time period agriculture necessities.
This can even result in technology of employment since brief time period agriculture loans are offered for all actions together with animal husbandry, dairying, poultry, and fisheries, the assertion mentioned.
The federal government had launched Curiosity Subvention Scheme (ISS), now renamed as Modified Curiosity Subvention Scheme (MISS), to offer brief time period credit score to farmers at subsidised rates of interest.
Beneath the scheme, brief time period agriculture mortgage of as much as Rs 3 lakh is out there to farmers engaged in agriculture and different allied actions at 7 per cent. An extra 3 per cent subvention (Immediate Compensation Incentive – PRI) can be given to the farmers for immediate and well timed compensation of loans.

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