Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, urged the bankers to support in restoring the State economy which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Patnaik was addressing the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) meeting, here on Thursday.

​”My Government is very serious about restoring economy both at State level and at individual household levels. For this I have three important interventions where I need your unstinted support.,” said Patnaik adding the Bankers to support the farmers, Women SHGs and MSMEs.

​”We are providing more than Rs 600 crore for interest subvention to facilitate farmers get loan at ‘Zero percent’ up to 50 Thousand rupees and at 2% up to Rupees 3 lakhs. We also have our ‘Balaram’ Scheme to help our Share Croppers.”

​”In case of Women Self-help Groups, Mission Shakti, My Government is providing 100% interest subvention up to Rs.3 lakhs making it interest free.”

​Similarly for MSMEs State has designed some interest subvention to boost the sectors. I would be closely monitoring Credit Flow to these three crucial sectors and have a district wise review with Collectors and bankers jointly by the end of November.

​Best performing banks would be awarded with Chief Minister’s award for Champion banks. I would also inform about the performance to the Union Finance Minister.
​As I said earlier if doctors have a major role in saving lives, Bankers have a major role in saving livelihoods. I am sure all of you will raise to the occasion in helping the poor and needy. Esp.- Women, Farmers, and MSMEs.