Sensitisation programme held for bankers

SRINAGAR: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Friday organised a one day sensitisation programme for the bankers in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
“The workshop was aimed at propagating the concept of women Self Help Groups (SHG) and Joint Liability Groups (JLG) among bankers to help rural women, small and marginal farmers, landless laborers, oral lessees and other farmers in getting bank credit support without collateral securities for undertaking minor economic activities in agriculture and allied sectors,” a press statement issued here said.
It said the workshop was attended by all branch managers J&K Bank, JK Grameen Bank, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, HDFC, and Cooperative Bank.
District Officers from Agriculture, KVK, Handicrafts and Handloom Departments were also present, it added.
On the occasion, Deputy General Manager of NABARD, Kashmir, Dinesh Kapila in his address pointed out the role of NABARD as an “apex development institution of government of India,” the statement said.
“He said NABARD has been working towards agriculture and rural development for the last 32 years. He focused on the success of NABARD’s SHG-bank linkage programme,” it added.
He urged upon all the banks to work actively towards financing of SHGs and JLGs, it said, adding that he hailed J&K Bank for facilitating the credit linkage to women SHGs recently, and also appreciated the efforts of JK Grameen Bank in formation of 30 and credit linkage of 21 JLGs.