➢ Directed banks to saturate self-employment to bring the unemployment rate in J&K to its lowest.
➢ Hailed the efforts of J&K Bank for developing a Citizens’ Portal which will guide the people to avail financial assistance under various schemes in a hassle free manner.
➢Urged banks to include e-payment as part of ease of doing banking so that 100% digitization is achieved across all the district of J&K.
➢ Urged banks and Government departments to educate people about the benefits of schemes meant for employment generation and poverty alleviation.
➢ Asked Banks to improve lending in Priority Sector, which has remained sub-Optimal.
J&K government is committed to bring down the unemployment in J&K to below 5% and for this banks need to put a well drilled mechanism for saturating the self- employment. This was stated by Chief Secretary J&K Government Dr Arun Kumar Mehta while chairing the 9th Union Territory Level Bankers’ Committee meeting in Jammu to review achievements of banks and financial institutions operating in Jammu and Kashmir for the quarter ended December 2022.
Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Prashant Goyal, MD & CEO, J&K Bank (Convenor J&K UTLBC) Baldev Prakash, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Dr. A. K. Sood, General Manager RBI Neeraj Kumar and other senior functionaries of the Government, RBI, NABARD, Banks, line departments, insurance companies and Lead District Managers were also present on the occasion.
In his opening remarks, the Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta while applauding the efforts made by J&K Bank in providing coverage and credit to people under various employment generation schemes, urged other banks to follow the suit. He stated that employment generation is the major challenge the Government is facing and it was collective responsibility of all stakeholders to address the issue.
“Banks need to come forward and provide financial assistance to the unemployed youth who genuinely need it for achieving the gainful employment. We need to show empathy towards the unemployed youth in guiding them towards the path of prosperity and self-sufficiency through various credit facilities tailored in accordance to their entrepreneurial aspirations.
Chief Secretary impressed upon the banks to improve the ease of availing banking facilities so that the common people do not shy away to come under the ambit of banking.
Earlier in his welcome address MD & CEO J&K Bank (Convenor J&K UTLBC) Baldev Prakash assured J&K Government that banks operating in J&K will extend all possible support for implementing the programmes and schemes aimed at entrepreneurial development, employment generation and poverty alleviation in Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
While appreciating banks for 100% coverage of the unbanked villages by opening of banking touch points under National Strategy for Financial Inclusion Programme the chief secretary impressed upon the banks to expedite the roll out of brick and mortar branches in remaining villages out of the10 identified with population over 3000.
While hailing J&K’s performance under PM SVANidhi, he impressed upon banks to expedite disbursal under second and third tranche to the eligible beneficiaries in a time bound manner.”
Earlier General Manager J&K Bank, Syed Rais Maqbool while making presentation on the financial achievements of various banks in different sectors during the first three quarters of Financial year 2022-23 informed that banks in J&K have achieved 66% of the Target under Annual Credit Plan by disbursing credit of Rs.33,363.47 Crore to 10,69,626 beneficiaries.
It was informed that against the Annual Target to cover 30,410 beneficiaries, banks have sanctioned loans to the tune of Rs 1735.61 Crore to 42,354 beneficiaries under major employment generation schemes during current financial year.
He informed that under the ‘Back To Village’ and ‘My Town My Pride’ programmes of J&K Government banks have sourced 66,883 applications of which 58,446 applications have been sanctioned and amount of Rs.1099.88 Crore has been disbursed.