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Revised guidelines on target and classification of priority sector lending


 

In supersession of guidelines mentioned in the Master Circular RPCD.CO.Plan.BC10/04.09.01/2014-15 dated July 1, 2014 on Priority Sector Lending – Targets and Classification, RBI today (April 23, 2015) revised priority sector lending guidelines.

Categories under priority sector under revised guidelines

Agriculture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Export Credit, Education, Housing, Social Infrastructure, Renewable Energy and Others (credit to weaker sections).

The prominent features of the guidelines are as under:-

(i) Categories of the priority sector: Medium Enterprises, Social Infrastructure and Renewable Energy will form part of priority sector, in addition to the existing categories.

(ii) Agriculture: The distinction between direct and indirect agriculture is dispensed with.

(iii) Small and Marginal Farmers: A target of 8 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, has been prescribed for Small and Marginal Farmers within agriculture, to be achieved in a phased manner i.e., 7 percent by March 2016 and 8 percent by March 2017.

(iv) Micro Enterprises: A target of 7.5 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, has been prescribed for Micro Enterprises, to be achieved in a phased manner i.e. 7 percent by March 2016 and 7.5 percent by March 2017.

(v) There is no change in the target of 10 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, for Weaker Sections.

(vi) Target for Foreign Banks: Foreign Banks with 20 branches and above already have priority sector targets and sub-targets for Agriculture and Weaker Sections, which are to be achieved by March 31, 2018 as per the action plans submitted by them and approved by RBI. The sub-targets for Small and Marginal Farmers and Micro Enterprises would be made applicable post 2018 after a review in 2017. Foreign banks with less than 20 branches will move to Total Priority Sector Target of 40 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, on par with other banks by 2019-20, and the sub-targets for these banks, if to be made applicable post 2020, would be decided in due course.

(vii) Bank loans to food and agro processing units will form part of Agriculture.

(viii) Export credit: Export credit upto 32 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, will be eligible as part of priority sector for foreign banks with less than 20 branches. For other banks, the incremental export credit over corresponding date of the preceding year will be reckoned upto 2 percent of ANBC or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher.

(ix) The loan limits for housing loans and MFI loans qualifying under priority sector have been revised.

(x) The priority sector non-achievement will be assessed on quarterly average basis at the end of the respective year from 2016-17 onwards, instead of annual basis as at present.

The revised guidelines are operational with effect from the date of RBI circular dated April 23, 2015. The priority sector loans sanctioned under the guidelines issued prior to the above date will continue to be classified under priority sector till repayment/maturity/renewal

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