Stressing the need for strengthening welfare programmes, district Collector B. Sridhar asked the bankers to complete the targets given to them with regard to sanction of loans to the poorer sections under various government programmes.

Addressing a meeting held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, Mr. Sridhar said that the bankers were not meeting their targets with regard to linkage loans and this should be done on priority to help the weavers, handicapped persons, farmers, SC and ST beneficiaries. Much needs to be done under the coming ‘direct benefit transfer’ scheme, he added.