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NABARD and RBI Innovation Hub Collaborate for revolutionizing Digital agri lending
Mumbai | 25 April 2024

Mumbai, April 25, 2024: In a landmark partnership aimed at revolutionizing digital agri lending, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will integrate its e-KCC loan origination system portal with the Public Tech Platform for Frictionless Credit (PTPFC) of Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH).

NABARD, India’s apex development bank, developed the Loan origination system portal to facilitate digital Kisan Credit Card (KCC) loan processing for cooperative banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs). Through the integration with PTPFC, about 351 district and state cooperative banks and 43 RRBs will gain access to a range of services including digital state land records, satellite data, KYC, credit history and transliteration for more effective credit underwriting. The partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Shaji K V, Chairman, NABARD and Mr. Rajesh Bansal, CEO, RBIH.

“The digitisation of agricultural lending will ensure instant doorstep delivery of credit to farmers while improving the efficiency of banks, advancing NABARD’s mission of fostering rural prosperity.” Mr. Shaji K V, Chairman NABARD said.

The collaboration between NABARD and RBIH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBI, will streamline the lending process and reduce the turnaround time for loans from three to four weeks to just five minutes for India’s 120 million farmers.

"This partnership is not just about technology integration, it's about reimagining rural finance and empowering our Indians with quicker, more reliable access to credit. It signifies our commitment to using innovation to deliver frictionless finance for a billion Indians,” Mr. Bansal said.

The paper-based loan process takes up substantial amounts of a farmer’s time, especially to acquire land records, that they could spend on income-generating activities. The PTPFC has seen the participation of over 10 states in making digital land records available to facilitate the seamless flow of credible information for lenders.

The pilot phase of the partnership will see implementation in select RRBs including the Karnataka Gramin Bank and Maharashtra Gramin Bank and cooperative banks in Andhra Pradesh. The goal is to scale the digital lending platform to cover about 5 crore KCC loans across all cooperative banks and RRBs nationwide.

This initiative will significantly reduce operational overheads for lenders while deepening access to credit, thereby fostering a more inclusive and efficient rural financial ecosystem. Both NABARD and RBIH are committed to this collaboration which will greatly contribute to the vision for a Viksit Bharat.

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