State Government has been advised to prepare a list of all PM-KISAN beneficiaries who do not have Kisan Credit Card (KCC).
In order to enable universal access to Concessional Institutional credit, Government of India has initiated a drive in Mission Mode for saturating all PM-KISAN beneficiaries with KCC.
While this drive has started from 10 February, 2020 and will be carried out for a period of 15 days, said the official.
Those farmers do not have KCC will be needed to be covered through a Special Drive, said a senior official in Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.
This will help all such farmers to get short term loan for crop & animal/fish rearing at a maximum interest of 4 Percent on timely repayment.
Detailed instructions in this regard have been issued to all the State Governments and Managing Directors of all the Banks and Chairman NABARD, detailing the procedure to be followed for coverage of PM-KISAN beneficiaries under KCC.
The farmers will be approached through line departments of the State Government including Departments of Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Panchayat & Rural Development and Panchayat Secretaries.
Bank Sakhis under the NRLM scheme would also be used for motivating PM KISAN beneficiaries to visit the concerned bank branches for the purpose.
As the KCC along with benefit of Interest Subvention has now been extended to animal husbandry and fisheries farmers also, State Governments have also been requested to focus on such farmers and facilitate sanction of additional credit limit/issue fresh KCC to them.
All Banks have been advised to have separate counters for handling such applications and ensure issue of fresh KCC; or, enhancement of the existing KCC limit; or, activation of inoperative KCC account within the shortest possible time not exceeding 14 days from date of submission of application.
Progress of this drive will be monitored on a daily basis by the State/UT Govt. Activities under Saturation drive in a district would be led by the District Collector with full support of the Lead District Manager and DDM, NABARD.
In addition to the KCC, with a view to provide social security to the PM KISAN beneficiaries, eligible farmers will also be enrolled for the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBeemaYojana (PMJJBY), after obtaining their consent.
These schemes provide accident insurance and life insurance, at a premium of Rs.12 and Rs.330 respectively for an insured value of Rs.2 lakh in each case.