'Farmers still unaware of schemes'

Hanathe a programme on financial inclusion and literacy comes to a close

Chief general manager of National Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (Nabard) S N A Jinha said that among 66 lakh odd farmers in Karnataka not more than 15 lakh have been provided with Kisan Credit Card (KCC).

He was speaking at the valedictory of workshop and ‘Hanathe,’ a programme on financial inclusion and literacy at Central Institute for Indian Languages (CIIL) here on Wednesday. He said, about 75 per cent of farmers are unaware of programmes drawn for their benefit. The scheme of Kisan Credit Card has not reached all farmers and there is a need of awareness among farmers regarding it. 

Elaborating on the credibility of economically backward community, he said, poor people  are the most bankable group of our country but there is lack of awareness among them. Government, farmers, banks, self help groups and AIR have been five facets of success of the programme ‘Hanathe’ and they should band together for propagating many other programmes.

Observing that money lenders and other fraud companies cheat people, he said, financial inclusion is necessary to save people as long as they exist.

He insisted public to be in tune with the financial inclusion and savings.
Assistant director (programme) of Akashvani Anand V Patil said that Akashavani has been the sole media to reach the most remote part of our country to create awareness amidst other media.

Programme ‘Hanathe’ was broadcast in 13 episodes with three phone-in-programmes. The programme which was initiated in three districts was later extended acrosss Karnataka owing to its popularity. Half an hour examination for 30 marks regarding the programme ‘hanathe’ for workshop participants was conducted.

Director of Vikasana Rural and Urban Development Institution Mahesh Chandra Guru and others were present.

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