Saturday, January 23, 2016

NRLM- Aajeevika-Interest Subvention scheme



Interest subvention scheme for Women SHGs - Year 2015-16

I.       Interest subvention scheme

i.          All women SHGs will be eligible for interest subvention on credit upto Rs. 3 lakhs at 7% per annum. SHG availing capital subsidy under SGSY in their existing credit outstanding will not be eligible for benefit under this scheme.

ii.          The Commercial Banks and Cooperative Banks will lend to all the women SHGs in Rural areas at the rate of 7% in the 150 districts is provided at Annexure I

iii.          All Public Sector Banks will be subvented to the extent of difference between the Weighted Average Interest Charged (WAIC as specified by Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance for the year 2015-16 – Annexure II) and 7% subject to the maximum limit of 5.5% for the year 2015-16. This subvention will be available to all the Banks on the condition that they make SHG credit available at 7% p.a. in the 150 districts.

iv.         RRBs and Cooperative Banks will be subvented to the extent of difference between the maximum lending rates (as specified by NABARD) and 7% subject to the maximum limit of 5.5% for the year 2015-16. This subvention will be available to all RRBs and Cooperative Banks on the condition that they make SHG credit available at 7% p.a. in the 150 districts. RRBs and Cooperative Banks will also get concessional refinance from NABARD. Detailed guidelines for RRBs and Cooperative Banks will be issued by NABARD.

v.         Further, the SHGs will be provided with an additional 3% subvention on the prompt repayment of loans. For the purpose of Interest Subvention of additional 3% on prompt repayment, an SHG account will be considered prompt payee if it satisfies the following criterion as specified by Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

a.     For Cash Credit Limit:


i.          Outstanding balance shall not have remained in excess of the limit/drawing power continuously for more than 30 days

ii.          There should be regular credit and debits in the accounts. In any case there shall be at least one customer induced credit during a month

iii.          Customer induced credit should be sufficient to cover the interest debited during the month.

b. For the Term loans: A term loan account where all of the interest payments and/or instalments of principal were paid within 30 days of the due date during the tenure of the loan, would be considered as an account having prompt payment.


The prompt payment guidelines would continue to be guided by RBI guidelines on the subject in the future.

All prompt payee SHG accounts as on the end of the reporting quarter will be eligible for the additional interest subvention of 3%. The banks should credit the amount of 3% interest subvention to the eligible SHG loan accounts and thereafter seek the reimbursement.

vi.         The scheme is limited to Women Self Help Groups in rural areas only

vii.         The funding for the scheme will be met out of Central Allocation under NRLM

viii.         The interest subvention scheme shall be implemented for all Public Sector Banks through a Nodal Bank selected by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD). The
Nodal Bank will operationalize the scheme through a web based platform, as advised by MoRD. For the year 2015-16, Canara bank has been nominated as the Nodal bank by MoRD.
ix.         For the RRBs and Cooperative Banks the scheme will be operationalized by NABARD similar to the short term crop loan scheme.
x.         All Banks (including the Public Sector Banks, RRBs and Rural Cooperative Banks) who are operating on the Core Banking Solutions (CBS) can avail the interest subvention under the scheme.

xi.         In order to avail the Interest Subvention on credit extended to the SHGs @ 7%, regular subvention, all Public Sector Banks are required to upload the SHG loan account information on the Nodal Bank’s portal as per the required technical specification. Public Sector Banks should also submit the claims for 3% additional subvention on the same portal. Public Sector Banks must submit the regular claims (difference between WAIC or lending rate and 7%) and additional claims (@ 3% on prompt repayment) on a quarterly basis as on June 30, 2015, September 30, 2015, December 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016 by last week of the subsequent month.

xii.         In order to avail the interest subvention on credit extended to the SHGs @7% and additional subvention claims of 3%, all Public Sector Banks are required to submit claim certificate on quarterly basis to the nodal bank. The claims submitted by any bank should be accompanied by claim certificate (in original) certifying the claims for subvention as true and correct (Annexure-III to V). The claims of any Bank for the quarter ending March 2016 will be settled by MoRD only on receipt of the Statutory Audited certificate for the complete FY15-16 from the Bank.

xiii.         In order to avail the Interest Subvention on credit extended to the SHGs @ 7%, all RRBs and Cooperative Banks are required submit their claims to respective NABARD - Regional Offices on a quarterly basis as at June 30, 2015, September 30, 2015, December 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016. The claims for the last quarter ending March 2016 should be accompanied with a Statutory Auditor’s certificate certifying the claims for the FY 15-16 as true and correct.

xiv.         RRBs and Cooperative Banks may submit their consolidated claims pertaining to the 3% additional subvention on disbursements made during the entire year 2015-16 to respective NABARD - Regional Offices latest by June 30, 2016, duly audited by Statutory Auditors certifying the correctness.

xv.         Any remaining claim pertaining to the disbursements made during the year 2015-16 and not included during the year, may be consolidated separately and marked as an 'Additional Claim' and submitted to Nodal Bank by Public Sector Banks and to NABARD Regional Offices by all RRBs and Cooperative Banks latest by June 30, 2016, duly audited by Statutory Auditors certifying the correctness.

xvi.         Any corrections in claims by Banks shall be adjusted from later claims based on auditor’s certificate. For Public Sector Banks, the corrections must be made on the Nodal Bank’s portal accordingly.

xvii.        For process of submission of claims by RRBs and Cooperative Banks, detailed guidelines will be issued by NABARD.

II.         Interest subvention scheme for Category II Districts

For category II districts, comprising of districts other than the above 150 districts, all women S.H.Gs under NRLM will continue to be eligible for interest subvention to avail the loan facility at an interest rate of 7%. The funding for this subvention will be provided to the State Rural Livelihoods Missions (S.R.L.Ms) from the allocation for NRLM. In the Category II districts, Banks will charge the SHGs as per their respective lending norms and the difference between the lending rates and 7% subjected to a maximum limit of 5.5% for the FY15-16 will be subvented in the loan accounts of the SHGs by the SRLM. In pursuance of the above, the salient features and the operational guidelines in respect of the interest subvention for the category II districts, for the year 2015-16, are as follows:


(A) Role of the Banks:


All banks who are operating on the Core Banking Solution (CBS) are required to furnish the details of the Credit disbursement and Credit outstanding of the SHGs across all districts in the desired format as suggested by the MoRD, directly from the CBS platform, to the Ministry of Rural Development (through FTP) and to the SRLMs. The information should be provided on a monthly basis to facilitate the calculation and disbursement of the Interest Subvention amount to SHGs.

(B) Role of the State Governments:


i.          All women SHGs, comprising of more than 70% BPL or rural poor members (rural poor as per the Participatory Identification process) are regarded as SHGs under NRLM. Such SHGs comprising of rural poor members from the intended NRLM target group will be eligible for interest subvention on credit upto Rs. 3 lakhs at the rate of 7% per annum on prompt repayment.

ii. This scheme will be implemented by the State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs). SRLMs will provide interest subvention to the eligible SHGs who have accessed loan from Commercial and Cooperative Banks. The funding for this subvention will be met out of the Central Allocation and State Contribution as per the norms of Government of India.

iii.          The SHGs will be subvented with the extent of difference between the lending Rate of the banks and 7% subjected to a maximum limit of 5.5% for the year 2015-16 by the SRLMs, directly on a monthly/quarterly basis. An e-transfer of the subvention amount will be made by the SRLM to the loan accounts of the SHGs who have repaid promptly.

iv.         For the purpose of the Interest Subvention, an account will be considered as prompt payee if it satisfies the following criterion as specified by RBI:

a.  For Cash Credit Limit:


1.    Outstanding balance shall not have remained in excess of the limit/drawing power continuously for more than 30 days

2.    There should be regular credit and debits in the accounts. In any case there shall be at least one customer induced credit during a month

3.    Customer induced credit should be sufficient to cover the interest debited during the month.


b. For the Term loans: A term loan account where all of the interest payments and/or instalments of principal were paid within 30 days of the due date during the tenure of the loan, would be considered as an account having prompt payment
The prompt payment guidelines would continue to be guided by RBI guidelines on the subject in the future.

v.          Women SHGs who have availed capital subsidy under SGSY in their existing loans, will not be eligible for benefit of Interest Subvention for their subsisting loan under this scheme.
vi.         SRLMs should submit Quarterly Utilization Certificate indicating subvention amounts transferred to the Loan accounts of the eligible SHGs.

III.   The States with state specific interest subvention schemes are advised to harmonize their guidelines with the Central scheme.

Based on RBI Circular dt 21/01/16. Please visit www.rbi.org.in for any further clarification if required…..       Poppy