Mumbai: State Bank of India welcomed the ‘Jan-Dhan Yojana’ launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that it would give a boost to the government’s ambitious financial inclusion drive.
Under the scheme, the person who will open bank account will get a debit card and the family will get Rs 1 lakh insurance cover to tide over any unforeseen eventuality. “The magnitude of challenge under financial inclusion can be gathered from the fact that only 58.7% of the households in the country have access to banking services,” SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said.
Bhattacharya further said with the rapid financial inclusion, the usage of cash will decline in the country in line with the developed countries such as the United Kingdom (2 %), Australia (3 %) and Japan (6 %) going forward.
The Union Cabinet has already cleared the two-phase financial inclusion scheme under which bank accounts will be opened for 15 crore poor people with an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 and accident insurance of Rs 1 lakh.