Kokrajhar: A press conference was held at the BTC Secretariat, addressed by Principal Secretary Robinson Muchahary, to brief about the Kishan Credit Card (KCC) in the presence of various officials.
In the press conference, Principal Secretary Muchahary highlighted the initiative of the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare to cover all PM KISAN beneficiaries with Kisan Credit Cards (KCC). For this, he said that a 15-day special drive in Mission Mode with a view to ensuring coverage of a maximum number of farmers had been launched from February 8. He said that the special drive would facilitate universal access to concessional institutional credit for all PM-KISAN beneficiaries under KCC. He also added that a simplified form of one page had been developed for coverage of PM-KISAN beneficiaries under KCC wherein they had to provide only the copy of the land record document and the crop sown along with the filled-up form and approach the bank branch from where they were drawing PM-KISAN benefit, to issue KCC to them.
Interacting with the press, LDM, UCO Bank, Kokrajhar said that all banks had been advised to organize special camps and provide a separate window for accepting the forms and sanction KCC limit within shortest possible time not exceeding 14 days. Officers of line departments, including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Panchayat and Rural Development Department (including Panchayat Secretary and Bank Sakhi under NRLM project) will facilitate dissemination of awareness among all PM-KISAN beneficiaries and motivate them to visit the bank branch where they have PM-KISAN account for enrolment under KCC.
DDM, NABARD, Kokrajhar said that KCC benefit had now been extended to Animal Husbandry and Fisheries farmers also. Those farmers who are KCC holders and also do animal husbandry and fisheries activities can approach the branch for sanction of additional limit. All charges, including the processing, documentation, inspection and ledger folio charges as well as other service charges for KCC loans up to Rs 3 lakh, have been waived by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) LDM, UCO Bank, Kokrajhar again highlighted that bank branches had been advised to prepare list of PM-KISAN beneficiaries who do not have KCC and share the same with government functionaries of line departments so that they could be approached for availing the KCC benefit.