Current Affairs – February, 2020

RBI launches 5-year Financial Inclusion Strategy

The Reserve Bank of India has launched National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (2019-24). The main motive of the strategy is to provide access to financial services in an affordable manner.

Highlights

The Strategy has been launched after thorough consultation with SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India), PFRDA (Pension fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India) and also Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). The strategy was launched based on the recommendations of the Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee that worked in consultation with the above agencies.

Key Recommendations

The following are the recommendations included in the strategy

  • The committee has recommended Universal Financial Access. Under this, every village will have formal financial service provider within a radius of 5 km.
  • The committee has recommended for the strengthening of Digital Financial Services to reach a less-cash society by 2022.
  • Every adult registered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana should be enrolled in pension scheme and insurance scheme
  • The Public Credit Registry shall be made completely operational by March 2022.

Revision of interest subvention under Diary Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund from 2% to 2.5%

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs recently approved its revision of interest subvention rates from 2% to 2.5% per annum. This is being done under Diary Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF).

Highlights

Under the DIDF, GoI will now provide interest subvention up to 2.5% to NABARD till 2030. This shall enable NABARD in devising its own strategy of borrowing. In turn, it will be able to provide low cost of funds to milk unions.

Impacts

There are more than 95 lakh milk producers that will be benefitted with this move. It will help in establishment of 28,000 milk coolers and create 210 metric tonnes of milk drying capacity.

Implementation

The major activities that are covered under the fund includes chilling infrastructure, electronic adulteration testing kit, modernization of milk processing facilities and project management.

DIDF scheme

The DIDF Scheme was announced in Union Budget 2017-18 by the Ministry of Finance. Under the scheme DIDF considerable amount is contributed by NABARD to the National Diary Development Board and National Cooperative Development Corporation.