This role encapsulates the essence of renewed national focus on Financial Inclusion, promoting financial education and literacy and making credit available to productive sectors of the economy including the rural and MSME sector.


  • Credit flow to priority sectors: Macro policy formulation to strengthen credit flow to the priority sectors. Ensuring priority sector lending becomes a tool for banks for capturing untapped business opportunities among the financially excluded sections of society.
  • Financial inclusion and financial literacy: Help expand Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) to become a sustainable and scalable financial inclusion initiative.
  • Credit flow to MSME: Stepping up credit flow to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, rehabilitation of sick units through timely credit support.
  • Institutions: Strengthening institutional arrangements, such as, State Level Bankers Committees (SLBCs), Lead bank scheme, etc., to facilitate achievement of above objectives.

Our Approach

Looking Ahead

The Indian economy has changed since priority sector lending guidelines were conceived. There is a need to reorient guidelines towards today’s growth and inclusion agenda. As such, an Internal Working Group was constituted by the Reserve Bank with the objective of revisiting the existing priority sector lending guidelines and suggesting revised guidelines in alignment with the national priorities as well as financial inclusion goals of the country. The objectives also included suggesting ways on how to achieve the priority sector targets in the most effective way as well as measures to be taken in case of under-achievement of the priority sector targets.

The Working Group has focused on channelling credit to segments that get crowded out in the absence of specific targets. These include small and marginal farmers, micro enterprises and the weaker sections while broadening the scope to include other underserved categories of national priority, such as agriculture infrastructure, social infrastructure, renewable energy, exports and medium sized enterprises. The report is currently under examination of the Reserve Bank.