For their valuable contribution to Agriculture Infrastructure Fund scheme aimed at upgrading the agriculture sector in the country, various banks and states were honoured with Agri Infra Fund Awards held at NASC Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. The awards were given away by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar.
Speaking at the event, the Union Minister mentioned that the Agri Infra Fund (AIF) is meant to make agriculture sector employable and to increase agricultural productivity and exports. He urged the state governments to use the fund to make agriculture sector prosperous and strong enough to contribute to the country’s rapid development.
On the occasion, the State Bank of India was adjudged as numero uno among the Best Performing Banks categorey followed by Bank of India and Punjab National Bank. Besides them, Central Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank were also honoured on the occasion. The awardees under the Target Achievers Category were Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Karnataka Bank and Bank of Maharashtra.
Madhya Pradesh Gramin Bank, Madhyanchal Gramin Bank, Baroda Rajasthan Kshetriya Gramin Bank and Maharashtra Gramin Bank were awarded under the Best Performing Regional Rural Banks category. Under the States category, Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the Best Performing State and awarded at the occasion, while Andhra Pradesh was honoured for being the Best Performer in Sanction of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS) applications.
In faster disposal of PACS applications, Karnataka emerged as the Best Performer while Rajasthan was adjudged Rising State under AIF. The event also witnessed the presence of Addl. Secretary Sri Abhilaksh Likhi, besides senior officials from the ministry and government officials from various states, apart from the top executives and senior officials from banks., and the beneficiaries of AIF scheme.