First, digitise land records and make them accessible to banks for easier verification of collateral. Second, make a federal institution on the lines of the GST Council to take inputs from both the Centre and states to reform the sector. Third, banks should leverage technology in a major way and explore collaborations with agri-tech companies. Four, for small and medium farms (SMFs), banks should not insist on land records for loans up to Rs 2 lakh. Five, consumption loans up to Rs 1 lakh can be given to farmers under priority sector loans provided banks are convinced of collateral security. … [Read more...] about Agri finance: Another year, another panel. Will things change?
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"In last few years, Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India, has become epicentre of terror activities. It has been proved through many arrests and sleeper terror cells busted by the investigative agency in the city,” Surya, who represents Bengaluru South in Lok Sabha, told reporters. … [Read more...] about Bengaluru has become epicentre of terror activities: BJP MP Tejasvi Surya
The Indian airlines have sought an interest-free credit line of at least USD 1.5 billion for the coronavirus-impacted aviation sector, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had told the Rajya Sabha on September 16. The airlines have sought relief from the government by asking that banks and financial institutions may be directed by the Centre to defer repayments of loans to the aviation industry by six months, the minister had noted. … [Read more...] about IATA urges Centre to support Indian airlines to tide over COVID crisis
On Wednesday evening, the noxious haze reduced visibility to merely 600 metres at the Safdarjung Observatory, smudging landmarks from view. It was 1,200 metres on Thursday morning. On the top of that, a large number of people across Dehi-NCR burst firecrackers to mark the Karwa Chauth festival. … [Read more...] about India Pollution tracker: Delhi’s air quality dips to worst level since December last year
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus state-wise tally November 27: Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally crosses 18-lakh mark