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Banks should not deprive tribals of loan: CM

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Ranchi, Feb. 10: Speaking at the 54th meeting of State Level Bankers Committee, CM Raghubar Das told the bankers not to deprive the tribals of loans.

As per normal terms, banks give education loan to students without any guarantee. The same should be made available to the Adivasi students too.

The CM added that there are certain obstacles due to the CNT but his government has constituted a committee to remove such obstacles. The CM said that savings is part of our culture and it can only be possible when people earn enough. The banks should help in encouraging trade and self employment.

CM Raghubar Das said that banks should open more branches in the rural areas. State’s economy is dependent on the rural sector but the banks are not paying much attention to the rural sector.

He said that providing security is the government’s responsibility and the government is working in that direction to ensure proper and strong security deployment. 10,000 constables and 2,000 SI will be recruited soon. He urged the bank to promote small traders by giving loans and feel it as a responsibility to provide pass-books and Rupay cards to people under the Pradan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna.

CM Raghubar Das said that his government has given priority to the agriculture sector. Thus, for the coming fiscal year a separate Agriculture Budget is being presented. His government is working in a planned way for water preservation, essential for agriculture.

Villagers are making schemes on various works under the ‘Yojna Banao Abhiyan’ and the banks should come forward to assist the villagers to implement their schemes.

The banks should also ensure that farmers are given loans and Kisan Credit card well on time. The government is trying to recover debts and if the banks have any specific blue print, the government would try to help in that direction too, added the CM.

Both the Reserve Bank of India and NABARD have been demanding land to set up their offices. State govt. has already allotted the land to both but the construction work is yet to start. If the same is not done soon, the lands would then be allotted to other institutions, said the CM.

Speaking on the occasion, Development Commissioner-cum-Principal Secretary, Finance Department Mr. Amit Khare said that the banks should work together with the government for speeding up the developmental activities of the State.

CM’s Secretary Mr. Sunil Burnwal, RBI’s Regional Director (Bihar-Jharkhand) Mr. M. K. Verma and senior officers and bankers were also present in the meet.

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