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Over 64 lakh bank accounts opened in Haryana under PMJDY scheme

SNS | Chandigarh |

Banks in Haryana have opened more than 63.98 lakh accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) generating an amount of `2,153 crore as deposit under this scheme.

The data was revealed at a State Level Bankers’ Committee meeting here on Friday.

Sanjiv Sharan, Executive Director, Punjab National Bank, said that banks have opened a total of 63,98,380 accounts up to 30 September,2017. Out of which a total 28,50,430 accounts have been opened by women, accounting for 45 per cent of the total accounts opened.

Rupay cards have been issued in 87 per cent of the total accounts opened, he said.

Calling all the bankers to continue opening of accounts under PMJDY till the coverage of last un-banked person and issue Rupay cards in all accounts, he informed that 21 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) are functioning in the state.

“As at September 2017, 93,384 trainees including 48,543 women, 32,825 persons belonging to Schedule Caste (SC) & Schedule Tribe (ST), 486 handicapped persons, participated in 3,438 training programmes of skill development at these RSETIs, while 15,188 trainees were financed by the banks to start their enterprises,” Sharan said.

He also informed that the commercial banks and RRBs opened 145 new branches during review period, thus, raising the total number of branches to 4,708.

The overall achievement of banks under Annual Credit Plan 2017-18 up to September 2017 was 83 per cent while the achievement under agriculture, MSME and other priority sector was 83 per cent, 97 per cent and 63 per cent respectively, he added.

Urging banks to complete the Aadhaar seeding in all bank accounts by 31 December, Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi said that the objective of Aadhaar enrolment is not to deny the benefits to any person, rather its purpose is to enable all persons of the state to have an Aadhaar to avail all benefits through it.

He said that ten clusters have been identified by the Industries Department to boost the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state for which bankers have to play a major role.