Priority Sector Loans Get A Leg-up

Mumbai, October 29: | Updated: Oct 30 2002, 05:30am hrs
In order to improve credit delivery towards the priority sector, the RBI has spelt out measures to simplify delivery mechanisms and to encourage decentralised decision-making. In particular, the limit on advances granted to dealers in drip irrigation/sprinkler irrigation system/agricultural machinery, located in rural/semi-urban areas is being increased to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 10 lakh under the priority sector lending for agriculture.

In order to increase the credit flow to the small business and to weaker sections of the economy, the RBI proposes to increase the existing overall limit to Rs 20 lakh in respect of small business from the current Rs 10 lakh. The RBI has also removed the ceiling for working capital.

Further, it allowed banks to fix individual limits for working capital depending upon the requirements of different activities. The RBI has increased the individual credit limit to artisans, village and cottage industries to Rs 50,000 from the existing limit of Rs 25,000.

The limits will be under the overall limit of 25 per cent advances to weaker sections under priority sector or 10 per cent of net bank credit.