District administration gearing up for the e-initiative
The West Godavari district administration is preparing ground for provision of online access of land database to bankers in line with the State government’s decision.
Collector Siddharth Jain said this at a meeting of the District Consultative Committee (DCC) here on Wednesday. The DCC resolved to reschedule the bank loans in 1.25 lakh ha damaged during the cyclones in the district. As an initial step, he asked the authorities of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to hold training programme revenue division wise involving the respective branch managers of various banks on accessing the land data. The move for provision of access to ‘view/read-only’ data facility to the bankers is an ad hoc arrangement until the portal ‘web land’ being developed by the NIC will become a reality.
The Collector hoped the e-initiative would address certain discrepancies in sanction of agricultural credit such as double financing to the land owner and the sharecropper on a piece of land with the same survey number under the Loan Eligibility Cards (LEC) scheme and payment of insurance premium for the land in excess of what was actually available in the field. In a bid to drive his point home, the Collector quoted instance pertaining to the district and said insurance premiums were collected from farmers for 2.69 lakh ha of the paddy area as against 2.42 lakh ha being in existence actually, he said, adding such discrepancies would not have happened had there been an active coordination between the Revenue Department and the bankers in verification of land records.
The DCC appealed to the bankers to sanction consumption loans over and above 30 per cent of the scale finance to the calamity-hit farmers along with fresh loans, enabling them to go for next agricultural operations. The Collector took serious note of the non-performing assets (NPAs) in the Self-Help Groups (SHG) lending which stood at 4 per cent. He instructed Y. Ramakrishna, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), to indentify the delinquent groups and launch a recovery drive.