JAMMU: Deputy governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), HR Khan, called on the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, here on Monday and discussed issues related to credit flow and financial inclusion in the state.
During the meeting, Mehbooba highlighted the need for enhanced lending by PSU Banks, keeping in view the very low credit-deposit ratio in J&K, as compared to national standards.
To provide fillip to economic activity, the chief minister also proposed that all lending in the state should be declared as ‘priority sector lending’, which she said will also incentivise the banks to lend more.
“Since most of the core sectors in the state are in revival mode, they need a stimulus package in terms of institutional finance and specialised lending,” she added.
Asking the banks to boost lending in horticulture sector, Mehbooba underlined the need for advancing loans in a hassle-free manner to agri-entrepreneurs which will enable them to improve returns, quality as well as production. She also favoured extending housing loans to customers on a lower rate of interest in the state. “J&K requires greater cooperation from banks in supporting prospective entrepreneurs under various flagship schemes of the central and state governments,” she said.
The chief minister also urged RBI to help in recruitment of local youth in branches of nationalized banks in the state, besides broadening the scope of their CSR operations.
The deputy governor RBI assured the chief minister, as regards the issues raised, early positive consideration.