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.