Haryana asks State Level Bankers Committee to give priority to the work process of the Pashu Kisan Credit Card Scheme.
Chandigarh, July 24- To ensure the earliest availability of Pashu Kisan Credit Card to more applicants, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister, Mr. Jai Parkash Dalal today urged the State Level Bankers Committee to give priority to the work process of Pashu Kisan Credit Card Scheme, an initiative taken by the Haryana Government to promote the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s vision of Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self-reliant India Mission).
While presiding over a meeting of State Level Bankers Committee and interacting with members of lead banks of concerned districts through video conferencing here today, Mr. Jai Parkash Dalal said that a target of providing 8 lakh Pashu Kisan Credit Cards has been set up in the State which is not possible without cooperation of bankers.
He said that banks should organize awareness camps regarding this Scheme. Besides this veterinary experts should also aware the people by arranging display of special hoardings in veterinary hospitals.
He said that keeping in view the objective of doubling the income of farmers by the year 2022 as envisioned by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, the Pashu Kisan Credit Card Scheme is being implemented on the lines of the Kisan Credit Card so that farmers can increase their income from livestock also, besides farming.
During the meeting, the State Level Bankers Committee assured Mr. Dalal that about one lakh Pashu Kisan Credit Cards will be made available to the beneficiaries before August 15, 2020.
Under this scheme, Pashu Kisan Credit Card would be issued according to the number of livestock owned by farmers and a loan of Rs 40,783 for a cow, Rs 60,249 for buffalo, Rs 4,063 for sheep-goat will be provided. Besides this, a loan of Rs 16,337 for pig and Rs 720 for hen (for egg-laying) will be provided. Loans are usually provided by banks at an interest rate of 7 percent, but under Pashu Kisan Credit Card Scheme, livestock farmers have to pay only 4 per cent, while there is a provision of 3 per cent rebate from the Central Government. A collateral-free loan up to Rs 1.60 lakh and a collateral loan up to Rs 3 lakh will be provided to the livestock owners, he added.
On this occasion, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr T.V.S.N Prasad, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department Mr. Raja Sekhar Vundru, Director General, Animal Husbandry, Dr. Birender Singh Laura and representatives of Finance Department, Animal Husbandry Department and State Level Bankers Committee were also present.