The government is exploring ways to extend the Kisan credit card to fishermen who do not have their own boat


08 July 2022 14:54 STI

New Delhi [India]Jul 08 (ANI): The Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy is exploring various possibilities to extend the Kisan credit card to fishermen who are currently not covered, as they do not own or rent boat or other assets.

States and Union Territories are urged by the department to regularly monitor the saturation status of KCC-eligible fishermen and fish farmers and also to follow up with relevant banks for prompt sanction of the map.
Union Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala attended a meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to review progress in KCC issuance , with the banks.
Rupala said all banks should follow KCC’s guidelines properly, acknowledgment of application should be given to applicants and a decision on timing of application should be set.

He added that the reasons for rejection should be clearly stated so that field workers can rectify and resubmit the forms.
In order to achieve full saturation of KCC in the country, Rupala suggested that the Kisan credit card should be given to poor fishermen and people from the Maldhari (Ghumantu) community, who usually do not stay in one place and do not have no guarantees to offer.
The Government of India announced in the 2018-2019 budget the extension of the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) facility to fisheries and livestock farmers to help them meet their working capital needs.
A special campaign was organized in 2020 among eligible dairy farmers from dairy cooperatives and milk producing companies. Prior to the special campaign, only about 30,000 KCCs were sanctioned for animal husbandry and dairy.
More than 50 lakh applications were obtained during the ride, of which 18.81 new KCCs were sanctioned. (ANI)


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