each season minimum support prices for major agriculture commodities to
ensure remunerative prices to the growers taking into consideration the
relevant factors including the cost of production and changes in the
input prices and organizes purchase operations through public and
cooperative agencies. Besides, to raise farm income and to improve
agriculture production and productivity, Government has formulated
various schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), National Food
Security Mission (NFSM), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Integrated
Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM), Agriculture
Credit Initiatives, Market Intervention Scheme (MIS), Crop Insurance
A package for revival and strengthening of Short-Term Cooperative Credit
Structure (STCCS) in the country formulated on the basis of
recommendations of Vaidyanathan Committee is presently under
implementation with an estimated total financial outlay of Rs. 13596
crore. Under multi-pronged strategy to extend banking facilities in the
unbanked rural areas, all Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) have been
advised to allocate 25 per cent of the total number of branches to be
opened during a year in unbanked rural centres.
Monetary Policy Statement of April 2010, the roadmap to provide banking
services in every village having population above 2000, was finalized by
State Level Banking Committees (SLBCs). 74,414 villages with population
above 2,000 were identified as unbanked, which were allocated to various
banks, including RRBs for providing banking services by March 2012.
Banks have covered 74,199 (99.7 per cent) of these unbanked villages.
This information was given by Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Rajya Sabha today.