Intervening directly the Odisha State Co-operative Bank is going to launch the ‘Bank on Wheels’ to help farmers get loans on their doorstep. Twenty vans with ATM facility will move around 20 remote and tribal pockets in Keonjhar, Koraput, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts for the purpose.
The Centre has provided Rs 6 crore, at the rate of Rs 30 lakh for each vehicle, to agriculture department for the scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Bikas Yojana. “The scheme will be launched in August,” said Tushar K Panda, managing director, Odisha State Cooperative Bank (OSCB), which will facilitate launch of the vans. “Anyone can withdraw money from the mobile ATMs though the scheme is meant for farmers,” said Panda.
The vehicles will be handed over to the central cooperative banks (CCBs), which will run and maintain them, said chief general manager (OSCB) L D Mishra.
As many as 44 lakh famers under primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS) will be issued smart kisan credit cards to withdraw crop loans sanctioned to them, said Panda. There are 2,709 PACS under CCBs in the state. As many as 17 CCBs are functioning under OSCB.