It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that most farmers would not benefit from credit cards provided by most banks. In order to deal with this issue, the Government launched Kisan Credit Cards or KCCs.
The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme was launched in 1998 with the aim of providing short-term formal credit to farmers. Owner cultivators as well as tenant farmers can avail loans to meet their agricultural needs under this scheme at attractive rates of interest. The government has also simplified the application process to increase interest among farmers. Repayment is also simplified and dependent on the harvesting season, reducing the farmers’ debt burden.
Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with counterparts of each state and Union Territories to discuss the implementation of the Kisan credit card scheme.
Since the Kisan credit card will play a major role in helping farmers and their land, the government aims to launch a village-wise campaign and target 1 crore farmers in the next 100 days.
Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries of State and Union Territory Administration have been instructed to launch Kisan credit card saturation drives. Under this drive, campaigns will be launched bank or village wise to collect KCC forms.
The states which have been identified as lagging in terms of applications are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, and Bihar.
Regional Rural Banks, Cooperative Banks and Public Sector Commercial Banks have implemented the Kisan Credit Card scheme in India. Its primary objective is to provide easily attainable short term loans to farmers. The scope of this unique facility also includes term loans for agriculture and other allied activities and is a determining factor for consumption loan.
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Given below are some of the ancillary features available under the Kisan Credit Card Scheme as mandated by the RBI:
According to the RBI, the fixing of Kisan Credit Card interest rates as well as credit limits can be set by the respective issuing bank. The average interest rate applicable ranges from 9-14% p.a.
In addition, there are certain subsidies and schemes that the government offers farmers with regard to the interest rate. These would depend on the repayment history and general credit history of the cardholder.
Other fees and charges such as processing fees, insurance premium (if applicable), land mortgage deed charges etc. would be set at the discretion of the issuing bank.
You are eligible for a Kisan Credit Card if you:
Eligible beneficiaries under this scheme under fisheries and animal husbandry are:
As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, documents required to process a Kisan Credit Card application should be as per the issuing bank’s internal guidelines. Hence, each bank has a different set of required documents.
Listed below are the basic documents required when applying for the Kisan Credit Card:
Some banks offering Kisan Credit Cards allow you to apply online through their official websites. Follow the below mentioned steps to apply for Kisan Credit Cards online.Steps to apply for Kisan Credit Card online:
If eligible, the bank will process the application and you will call you in 3-4 working days and will let you know further steps in the application process. You will be informed about the documents required to process the application and an appointment will be scheduled for document collection. Following successful verification of the documents submitted, the bank will send the credit card to your registered address.
The Kisan Credit Card provides for personal accident insurance which farmers can opt for. Farmers will receive coverage of up to Rs.50,000 in the event of death and Rs.25,000 in the event of an accident resulting in disability. The premiums payable would be decided by the bank in conjunction with the insurance provider.
This coverage is optional and farmers who choose to opt for it should meet the eligibility criteria as ascertained by the bank and insurance provider.
|Bank||Credit Limit||Maximum Tenure||Insurance Coverage|
|Axis Bank||Up to Rs.250 lakh (in the form of a loan against the card)||5 years||Up to Rs.50,000|
|Bank of India||Up to 25% of the farmer’s estimated income (but not exceeding Rs.50,000)||5 years||N/A|
|State Bank of India||Based on the crop cultivation and cropping pattern||5 years||Personal Accident Insurance Scheme (PAIS), asset insurance and crop insurance|
Kisan Credit Card or KCC is a scheme specifically designed by NABARD to provide farmers with financial support. The short-term loan is intended to help farmers receive timely financial aid and support from the banking system. The money can be used for multiple purposes. These include (but are not limited to):
Crop loans provide farmers with necessary credit to help them meet their working capital needs. KCC is a type of crop loan that banks offer. However, the KCC loan can be used for a number of other purposes and not just to meet working capital requirements.
This validity period is 5 years. The tenure you do get depends on the type of activity you plan to use the money for.
To get a farm loan, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria set by the bank and provide them with the necessary documents. These documents include identity proof documents and address proof documents.
The interest rate will be left to the discretion of the bank. However, according to the KCC circular dated 20 April 2012, the interest rate is 7% p.a. on short-term credit with a Rs.3 lakh upper limit on the principal amount.
The credit limit offered on a Kisan Credit Card for the initial year is based on:
Yes, revolving cash credit facility is available on these cards for an unlimited number of withdrawals and repayments made within the credit limit.
At the time of application, the following security is to be provided:
To check the balance in your Kisan Credit Card account, you will have to contact the customer service centre of the public sector bank that has provided you with the Kisan Credit Card. Alternatively, you can visit the bank's branch to check the balance in your account.
Almost every bank in India offers farmers loans to help them meet their financial needs. There are over 15 agricultural loans in India. They are:
Based on the type of farming you undertake, the KCC limit varies.
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