New Fund in NABARD Setup

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Government has set up a fund namely Short Term Cooperative Rural Credit (Refinance) Fund in National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) for providing concessional short term refinance to Cooperative Banks.

The fund is made available to NABARD from out of the shortfall in priority sector lending targets by commercial banks.

An amount of Rs.45,000 crore has been allocated for Short Term Cooperative Rural Credit (Refinance) Fund during 2016-17.

NABARD has reported that out of the allocation for the current financial year, an amount of Rs. 24,000 crore has already been disbursed by NABARD till 30 September 2016.

NABARD has further reported that it is authorized to disburse the balance loan of Rs. 21,000.00 crore in the form of concessional refinance to State Cooperative Banks on behalf of District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) in order to enable them to meet the crop loan requirements of farmers.

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