State of Rural Finance in India: An Assessment is the first volume of its kind, containing an examination of policy, operations, institutions, products, and impact of rural finance. The coverage relates to savings, credit, and insurance in the rural areas. The volume relies on data, links finance flows with actual results in terms of the number of customers, and looks at successes and failures. It deals with complex issues of whether finance was functional insupporting agriculture, off-farm activities, and remote areas.
It also brings out the major issues that the Government and the Reserve Bank of India have to tackle with suitable policies and strategies to make financial sector adequately serve all those with a need for financial services. The analyticalcontent comprises of trends over long periods of time, geographical coverage, financial services, institutional performance, and field-level feedback.
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an apex development bank in India, set up by the Reserve Bank of India. It has been accredited with matters concerning policy, planning and operations in the field of credit for agriculture and other economic activities in rural areas in India. Narasimhan Srinivasan is an expert advisor and independent international consultant in development finance, microfinance, agricultural finance, and livelihooddevelopment.