The Lead Bank Scheme, introduced towards the end of 1969, envisages assignment of lead roles to individual banks (both in public sector and private sector) for the districts allotted to them. A bank having a relatively large network of branches in the rural areas of a given district and endowed with adequate financial and manpower resources has generally been entrusted with the lead responsibility for that district. Accordingly, all the districts in the country have been allotted to various banks. The lead bank acts as a leader for coordinating the efforts of all credit institutions in the allotted districts to increase the flow of credit to agriculture, small-scale industries and other economic activities included in the priority sector in the rural and semi-urban areas, with the district being the basic unit in terms of geographical area.

As on 30.09.2016, the Bank has been assigned lead bank responsibility in respect of 190 districts (details are furnished in Annexure – I)


State Level Bankers' Committees are formed in all the States for inter-institutional coordination and joint implementation of programmes and policies by all the financial institutions operating in the State. Responsibility for convening State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meetings has been assigned to various commercial banks. SLBC meetings, held quarterly, provide for interaction amongst the various banks in the State on the one hand and between the banks and the State Government authorities on the other.

SBI has been assigned responsibility of convenorship of SLBC in 11 States and 1 Union Territory(details are furnished in Annexure – II)

Lead Districts allotted to SBI Annexure - I

Contact details of SLBC Annexure - II