Introduction about Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana is a government scheme launched by the government of India to provide easy access to financial services such as Remittance, Credit, Insurance, Pension, Savings and Deposit Accounts to poor and needy section of our society. This is a financial inclusion scheme which was officially launched on 15 August 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The main purpose behind the launch of this program was to ensure an easy financial access to everyone at national level. The scheme would particularly benefit those who have failed to receive the benefits of various financial schemes offered by the government of India in the past.
Who offer Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana scheme
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana scheme is available in selected banks and Business Correspondent outlets which provide bank accounts under this scheme.
List of banks offering Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
There are various public and private sector banks in India that provide the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana scheme. Listed below are the names of public and private sector banks offering the PMJDY scheme:
Private sector banks offering the PMJDY
- HDFC Bank Ltd.
- ICICI Bank Ltd.
- YES Bank Ltd.
- Karnataka Bank Ltd.
- Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
- Axis Bank Ltd.
- Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd.
- Federal Bank Ltd.
- IndusInd Bank Ltd.
- ING Vysya Bank Ltd.
Public sector banks offering the PMJDY
- Andhra Bank
- Bank of Baroda (BoB)
- Bank of India (BOI)
- Allahabad Bank
- Vijaya Bank
- Central Bank of India
- IDBI Bank
- Syndicate Bank
- Punjab National Bank (PNB)
- Union Bank of India
- Indian Bank
- Corporation Bank
- Bank Of Maharashtra
- Canara Bank
- Oriental Bank of Commerce
- Punjab & Sind Bank
- Bhartiya Mahila Bank
- Dena Bank
- State Bank of India (SBI) and all its 5 affiliated banks which include – State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Patiala.
Under this scheme, opening a bank account has become very easy. The government of India has allowed these private and public banks to conduct special camps on Saturdays from 8 am to 8pm to help people open bank accounts under PMJDY.
Documents required for opening a bank account under PMJDY
The following documents are required to open a bank documents under PMJDY:
- A person should have a valid current or permanent address proof. The scheme accepts Passport or Adhaar card as address proof. Having an Aadhaar Card is mandatory to open a bank account under the PMJDY. If the Aadhaar Card is not available at the time of opening the account, the account holder needs to get registered for Aadhaar number and submit it later.
- In case, there is a change in the current address, you need to submit valid documents to transfer your account to the new address.
- Two passport size photographs are required.
- In case, a person does not have a valid residential address, he/she needs to submit a valid identity proof issued by the government of India.
- In the absence of a valid identity proof, a person can submit an authority letter issued by a gazette officer stating that the individual is a resident of India.
- If an individual fails to provide any address proof, then bank can do a primary check of the individual. If the bank certifies that the individual is a “low risk individual”, he/she can open a bank account for 12 months. The account becomes a temporary account which can be converted into a permanent one by submitting required documents before completion of 12 months.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Forms
The PMJDY application form is available with all participating banks. Also you can download it from the official website of PMJDY which is http://www.pmjdy.gov.in. Once, you download the form, get it printed and fill it with all required information. Then submit the filled application form to nearest participating bank or kiosk for opening your bank account.
Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is designed particularly to benefit the poor section of our country who are deprived of enjoying the financial benefits offered by the government finance schemes. The scheme would help needy individuals get bank accounts and insurance coverage which the previous government schemes failed to provide. The main intention behind the formulation of this major project was to help the needy section and make them financially independent and secure. Apart from benefiting common people, the scheme would also benefit the overall economy of the country. The following benefits are available under the PMJDY scheme:
- Insurance benefit: The account holders of PMJDY scheme can avail insurance accidental life cover and life cover benefits. The scheme enables them to enjoy life accidental life insurance coverage of Rs. 100000 and life insurance coverage of worth Rs.30000.
- Loan benefits: An account holder under the PMJDY scheme can enjoy the benefit of taking a loan up to Rs.5000 from a bank after six months from opening the account. Although, it is not a very heavy amount, it would certainly help those people who are under the below poverty line. The amount received as loan can be invested to get more profitable income, especially in areas like agriculture and farming. The loan amount can also be increased based on the repayment made by the borrower. The tenure of a loan under this scheme is 36 months. The loan comes with zero processing fees.
- Mobile Banking benefits: The PMJDY scheme is mobile friendly. Any account holder can check and transfer balance by using a normal cell phone. Since, buying a normal cell phone is quite affordable, the majority of people would be able to enjoy the benefits of this scheme.
- The accounts opened under PMJDY are zero balance accounts. The account holder does not have to maintain any minimum balance under this account.
- Account holders would receive Rupay Kisan Debit Cards to withdraw money from ATM’s as and when they need.
- Account holders get attractive interest on their deposit.
- Account holder does not have to keep any minimum balance to continue the account.
- The scheme allows you to transfer money easily across India.
- The scheme allows Direct Benefit Transfer for beneficiaries of Government Schemes.
- Account-holders can get easy access to pension and other insurance products with the PMJDY scheme.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Eligibility
To enjoy the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, you need to fulfill the following eligibility conditions:
- Any individual with an Indian nationality is eligible to open a bank account under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana scheme.
- Minors are also eligible to open bank accounts under PMJDY. They need to be 10 years old to be eligible for this scheme and should have guardians to manage the accounts. Minors are also eligible to get RuPay Card which they can use 4 times in a month to withdraw cash.
- A low risk individual is also eligible to open a bank account under PMJDY. By low risk individual, the scheme refers to those individuals who have not have any valid document to support their Indian nationality. Banks can allow them to open bank accounts under PMJDY, once they do a ground research on them and categories them as “low risk” individuals.
- A person with an existing savings bank account can transfer his/her account to account to Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana account so as to enjoy the benefits of PMJDY scheme.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Age Limit
The minimum age limit for a minor is 10 years. Otherwise, any Indian resident over the age of 18 years is eligible to open this account. Income is not a bar to open a PMJDY account, although it is primarily meant for the poor section. An individual needs to exit scheme on after reaching the age of 60 years.
How is PMJDY different from the earlier Financial Inclusion Plan namely Swabhimaan?
PMJDY aims to include every household under its goal of financial inclusion whereas the Swabhimaan scheme included the villagers. The Swabhimaan scheme targeted villages above 2000 population while under PMJDY whole country is to be covered by extending banking facilities to each families living in village and urban areas. Thus, under PMJDY, any individual irrespective of his/her area can get a bank account without depositing any amount and fulfilling the required eligibility criteria.
How to open a Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana account?
The PMJDY account can be opened by visiting your nearest bank branch or enrolling yourself for the camp conducted in your area. You can enroll over 60,000 locations in India. You can know these locations by contacting your local banks.
What is BSBDA Account?
BSBDA stands for Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account. It is a basic savings account defined under the Reserve Bank of India circular dated 10.8.2012. The account comes with the following key features:
- This is a zero balance savings account. You don’t have put any minimum balance in the account.
- The account comes with withdrawal and deposit of cash at ATMs and the branches of banks. You can receive and credit money by using either electronic channels or cheques.
- The account allows you to make maximum 4 ATM withdrawals. However, there is no such maximum limit of deposits.
- The account provides ATM as well as ATM-cum-debit cards.
- You don’t have to pay any extra fees to enjoy these benefits.
- Any individual above the age of 10 years is eligible for opening a Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account.
What is RuPay Debit Card?
It is a domestic debit card introduced by the National Payment Corporation of India. The RuPay Debit Card is accepted at all ATMs for withdrawing cash and PoS machines for making cashless payment for purchases. The card is accepted across the country.
What is PIN number?
PIN stands for Personal Identification Number. It is a randomly created code to be used for ATM cards while withdrawing money from ATMs. The PIN is also used at the time of making cashless payment via PoS.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Rules and Regulations for Life cover
The PMJDY offers a life cover of Rs. 30,000 to family members, in case the life assured dies. This benefit will be enjoyed by those subscribers who opened their bank accounts under PMJDY between 15th August, 2014 to 26th January, 2015. An account holder needs to fulfill the following conditions to avail this benefit;
- The account needs to be opened within 15-08-14 to 26-01-15 and it should be first account opened by a person.
- The account holder should belong to the age group of 18 to 59 years and he/she should be head of the family or a source of income. If the family head is more than 60 years old, the second earning member of the family shall be covered for this benefit.
- The beneficiary should have a RuPay Card and Biometric Card linked to the bank account.
- The RuPay Card should be a valid at the time of availing this benefit.
- Only a single person shall be entitled to enjoy the coverage. If a person of the same family has multiple accounts or cards, benefits will be calculated based on one card or account.
- The life cover offers under PMJDY will be effective for a period of 5 years that is till the end of financial year 2019 and 2020. After this, this scheme will be reviewed and certain terms and conditions might change.
Who is not eligible to enjoy the benefits of life cover under PMJDY?
- State and Central government employees and their dependents/families.
- Existing and retired employees of Public Sector Undertakings, Public Sector Banks, Central Government and State Government or any entity owned jointly by Central Government and State Government are not eligible. Besides, the family members of the aforesaid employees are also not eligible for the same.
- A person who pays income tax and his/her income is taxable under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961 is not eligible. The family members of an income tax payee is also not allowed.
- Individual’s who are already covered by the Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana and their family members are also not allowed. Otherwise, they can choose between two schemes and enjoy benefits from any of the schemes.
- All individuals who fail to meet the eligibility criteria set by the PMJDY.
What Death benefit eligibility set by PMJDY for Life Cover?
Under this scheme, the select nominee of the account holder or life assured would receive death benefits of Rs. 30,000/ due to unfortunate caused to the account holder.
Exit rule for PMJDY
An account holder will have to exist the scheme when she/he reaches the age of 60 years.
Claim settlement procedure for Life Cover under PMJDY
As per the claim settlement procedure set by the PMJDY, a person needs to adhere to the following norms:
- An amount of Rs.30, 000 is payable to the account holder following the death of the account holder. The amount will be paid to persons falling in the age group of 18 to 60 years.
- The Nodal branch or district branch of the concerned bank will collect the claim papers and submit them to the Pension and Group Scheme Unit of LIC for processing it further.
- The claim will be paid to the nominee listed in the bank account.
- The nominee will receive the claim in his/her bank account directly through NEFT or APBS.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in Hindi
There is also a Hindi version of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The Hindi version would help those portion of applicants who are not comfortable with English. The PMJDY bank account application forms are available in both Hindi and English in the official website of PMJDY or at select banks and Business Correspondent outlets.
What are the details to be included in the PMJDY application form?
The following details you need to include in the application form of PMJDY:
- The first section of the application form would contain your personal details such as your name, state, village/town and the name of the branch.
- The second part of the application form would include your full name, date of birth, occupation, contact numbers, your MNREGA job card number, Aadhaar Card number, father’s name, marital status, annual income etc.
- It will also include the details of your assets and the number of dependents you have and whether you want a RuPay Card or not.
- You also need to include your nominee details in the application form wherein you need to include the name of the nominee, relationship with your nominee, date of birth and person authorized to receive the amount on behalf of the nominees.
- Also, a recent photograph of yours, not older than six months should be attached with the application form.
- There is also column for self-declaration by the applicant.
FAQs about Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
- Can I open a joint account under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana?
- Is there any time period of using the Accidental Insurance Cover and RuPay Debit Card offered by my bank account?
- Where do I open a bank account under PMJDY?
- How do I keep my RuPay Card safe?
- What is special advantage of using the RuPay Debit Card?
- If I am an illiterate customer, will my bank issue a RuPay Card to me?
- Can I link my link mobile number with my bank account opened under PMJDY?
- What is a small account or chota khata account under PMJDY?
- Am I eligible to enjoy life insurance coverage under my PMJDY Bank Account?
- How much life insurance cover is offered under PMJDY?
- If I have multiple bank accounts under PMJDY, will my dependents receive multiple health insurance cover?
- Does the PMJDY scheme offer accident life insurance cover?
- Is overdraft/loan facility available under PMJDY?
- Is it possible to extend my loan amount taken against my PMJDY Bank Account?
- How much processing fees do I need to pay for processing g the loan against my account?
- What about mobile banking facility? Does my account opened under the PMJDY scheme provide mobile banking?
- What is death benefit eligibility under PMJDY?
- Is a minor eligible to open a bank account under PMJDY?
- What is the minimum age required for minors to be eligible for a bank account under PMJDY?
- Are minors eligible to receive RuPay Cards offered under PMJDY Bank accounts?
- What are the documents required for opening a bank account under PMJDY?
Yes, you can open a joint account under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.
Yes, the account holder should use both Accidental Insurance Cover and RuPay Debit Card attached with the bank account at least once in a gap of 45 days.
You can open a bank account under PMJDY with a nominated bank providing this scheme or any other Business Correspondent outlets.
It's important you keep your RuPay Card safe to continue enjoying its benefits. To keep it safe, you need to change the PIN of your RuPay card at frequent intervals. You should not share your passwords with anybody else and enter your PIN secretly when you use it at ATMs or POS. You should not write the PIN on the card and use the car only at authorized centers.
The RuPay Card enables you to enjoy accidental insurance coverage up to Rs. 1 lakh without charging any extra cost.
Yes, bank will issue you a RuPay Card. The concerned bank person will inform you all related risks involved in using the RuPay Card, and how to use it and keep it safe.
Yes, you can link your mobile number with your bank account. You can do so by contacting your bank where you have opened your bank account under PMJDY. Bank will enter your mobile number in the CBS system based on the information provided by you.
A small account is a kind of bank account opened under PMJDY for 12 months. A small account can be opened by a person who does not have valid documents to open an account. However, after 12 months, the account holder needs to submit required documents to continue the account.
Yes, your family members would receive life insurance cover in case something unexpected happens to you.
The scheme offers a life insurance cover of Rs. 30,000.
No, your family members will not receive multiple life insurance cover. Only one account will be considered and based on it, the life insurance cover will be issued to one individual.
Yes, the scheme offers accidental insurance cover as well. The scheme offers up to Rs. 1 lakh as accidental life insurance coverage.
Yes, it is available under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. An account holder can avail loan up to Rs. 5000 against his/her bank account opened under PMJDY. However, in order to avail this benefit any account holder needs to continue the account for six months.
Yes, it is possible to extend your loan/overdraft taken against your PMJDY Bank Account. Bank may increase this amount, provided you make your repayments on time.
You don’t have to pay any processing fees to get a loan against your account.
Yes. You can enjoy mobile banking facility with your bank account opened under the PMJDY scheme. You can transfer can check and transfer balance by using a normal cell phone.
The death benefit eligibility is applicable to nominee chosen by the account holder. The select nominee would receive a death benefit of Rs. 30,000 in case something unexpected happens to the life assured.
Yes, a minor is also eligible to open a bank account under PMJDY under the guidance of seniors.
The minimum age of a minor should be 10 years.
Yes, minors are also eligible to get RuPay Cards. They can use the card 4 times in a month for cash withdrawal.
Any of the following documents is required for opening a bank account under PMJDY:
- Aadhaar Card
- Voter ID Card
- Driving license
Yes. You can still open a bank account. What you have to do is to provide an identity proof issued by the government of India.
Yes. It can be availed by illiterate account holders as well. RuPay Card is a kind of debit card issued for the purpose of ATM withdrawal and making PoS payments. The concerned bank officials will educated the illiterate RuPay Card holders as to how to use this card and keep it safe at the time of card issuance.
Usually, the accounts opened under PMJDY are Zero balance accounts. If an account-holder wishes to get cheque book, he/she will have to fulfill the minimum balance criteria required by a bank.
Normally, the applicable rate of interest is 4%. However, it is subject to change.
The applicable rate of interest is 12%. It is usually counted as base rate +2% or 12 %, whichever is lower.
No. As per rules banks cannot charge any account opening fees. These accounts are completely free from any charges.
Yes, you can easily transfer your account from one city/state to another as all banks offering bank accounts have core banking solutions. You can do this by simply requesting the bank.
Bank Mitr refers to the business correspondents agents who provide banking services at select locations. The Bank Mitr represents the bank and helps it expand its outreach. It offers banking services at low cost at areas where establishing a brick and mortar branch is not feasible. Retired Bank Employees, Retired Teachers, Retired Government Employees and Ex-Servicemen can join as a Bank Mitr.
The accounts opened under the PMJDY scheme are zero balance accounts. You don’t have to put any minimum balance in your account.
It is a small device installed at business centers to help you enjoy cashless purchases. PoS stands for point of sale.
Your RuPay Debit Card will remain operative even if you don’t use it for one. But, if you don’t use it for 45 days, it will stop being operative. You need to use this card at least one time in 45 days.
It depends on banks. Some banks may allow you to open a one while others may not. So, it is advisable you persuade one of your family members who don’t have a bank account to reap this benefit offered by PMJDY.
No, income taxpayers and their dependents are not allowed to enjoy life insurance cover offered by PMJDY Bank accounts.
The exit age determined by this scheme is 60 years. The moment you turn 60 years, you need to quit the scheme.
No. You don’t have to service tax if you are a banking correspondent under PMJDY. This is a new inclusion made by the PMJDY scheme.
The minimum age required for opening a BSBDA account is 10 years.
Yes, you renew your debit card once its validity is over. The expiry date of your debit card will be written on your card only. So, check your date and opt for a new card before the expiry date is over.
Yes, you can open an account without an Aadhaar Card. But, you need apply for an Aadhaar Card and submit it your bank in the future. In the absence of Aadhaar Card, you submit any one of the following documents - Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Passport or NREGA Card.
You can still a bank account under the PMJDY scheme and continue it for 12 months. This account is called Small Account. After completion of 12 months, you need to submit required documents to continue the account.
Yes. You can change your address by proving a self-declaration certificate or submitting supporting documents.
News About Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
Jan Dhan Yojna: Maharashtra with a total of 1.56 crore accounts
With demonetization affecting each and every domain of financial transaction, it is essential to have a look at the Jan Dhan Yojna trends. According to reports, Maharashtra has a total of 1.56 crore Jan Dhan Yojna (JDY) bank accounts opened till 9 November 2016. Jan Dhan Yojna website reports the numbers as 78 lakh and 78.5 lakh for urban and rural accounts respectively. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are the states with the highest number of Jan Dhan Yojna accounts. Of all the JDY accounts opened till date, only 79.19% accounts are linked to RuPay debit card on a national level. But compared to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Maharashtra has better percentage figures in terms of RuPay debit card linkage. Chandigarh is the only UT that has a more than 90% JDY accounts linked to RuPay debit cards. It is followed by the states Punjab and Karnataka with a success rate of 89% each.
28th November 2016
Deposits under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana see spurt
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), a brainchild of PM Narendra Modi has seen a huge spurt in the last two years, with the average deposit going up by 118%. Launched in 2014, the programme aims to achieve financial inclusion, offering a number of benefits to individuals. While the average deposit in September 2014 stood at Rs. 795, this has now gone up to Rs. 1,735 as of May 2016, a jump of 118%. The overall funds under the scheme saw a remarkable increase, with a four-fold growth from 53 million in September 2014 to 219 million in May 2016. These numbers indicate the eagerness of Indians to open accounts and become part of the financial system, with the linking of MGNREGA and LPG aiding subscribers immensely.
Deposits under the scheme stood at Rs. 34,048 crores as of May 2016, up from Rs. 4,273 crores in September 2014. In addition to the deposits, the number of zero-balance accounts also came down to 25.7%, a fall from 76% in 2014. The scheme, which has been immensely popular since its launch, also created a record when over 18 million bank accounts were opened in a span of 7 days in 2014.
8th July 2016
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) Gains Momentum
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) has gained momentum in Maharashtra. This financial inclusion programme launched by the government has witnesses a rise in deposit in recent times. Currently, the deposits available in these accounts are worth up to Rs. 36,000 Crore. The Union Minister, Mr. Chaudhary Birender Singh, mentioned the same during a press conference in Aurangabad. The Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Mr. Haribhau Bagde, was also present during the meeting.
14th June 2016
Around 26,000 PMJDY accounts in Goa have zero-balance
Around 14% of the bank accounts opened in Goa under the PMJDY scheme have no money in them according to reports.
The PMJDY scheme has reported that a total of around Rs.51.6 crore have been deposited in accounts opened in the state of Goa, but many of the bank accounts still report zero-balance (i.e. there were never any transactions in those accounts, and the account balance has always been Rs.0).
Experts suggest that the probable reason that there are so many zero balance accounts is that almost every Goan has at least 2 bank accounts. This is the reason that Goa is known as an “overbanked” zone. There are 14 lakh people in Goa, but around 23 lakh bank accounts.
On the national level, around 26% of all PMJDY accounts opened are still running with Rs.0 balance.
9th June 2016
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana deposits amount to over Rs 1,400 crore in Gujarat.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana deposit accounts in Gujarat currently amount to a whopping Rs. 1404 crores. Additionally, the number of accounts with zero balance has reduced to 2.5% from 24%, the previous year. Banks in Gujarat have been able to open 78.33 lakh deposit accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, since its launch in August 2014. Gujarat has been able to get 100% coverage, including 1.22 crore households in December 2014. The drop in zero balance accounts has been attributed to the fact that subscribers have become more familiar with banking services.
6th June 2016
Central Government saves Rs.36,000 Crores by cutting out Bogus Beneficiaries
After linking the Aadhaar cards to the customer’s bank accounts, the Central Government has saved Rs.36,000 crores. Linking Aadhaar Card helped in stopping the leakages in central government welfare programs which would have otherwise led to heavy loss. The amount of Rs.36,000 crore which was saved, will be used for the development of states. It is also Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, over 22 crore accounts have been created and over Rs.37, 000 crores have been deposited in PMJDY bank accounts.
2nd June 2016
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to be launched in Gujarat on May 15, 2016
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) will be launched formally by the Union Minister and BJP Chief Dharmendra Pradhan in Gujarat on May 15. This scheme aims to offer free LPG connections to over five crore families who are living below the poverty line in India. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme will be partly funded by “Give Up Subsidy” initiative which is expected to cover a part of Rs. 8,000 budget. This scheme aims to provide a support of Rs. 1600 financially for households below the poverty line to secure a LPG connection.
16th May 2016
Rs. 870 Billions Disbursed under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Loan Yojana (PMMY)
Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has quoted that approximately Rs. 87, 000 crores has been disbursed during 2015 - 16 to small & vulnerable business communities under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Loan Yojanan (PMMY) scheme. In Telangana, over six lakh people have benefitted from the scheme and Rs. 3887 crore has been disbursed over the last year under PMMY scheme. Also, Mr. Dattatreya announced that over 79 lakh accounts has been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and over Rs. 902 crores has been deposited. About 77% of the PMJDY accounts have also been seeded with Aadhar information.
13th May 2016
Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana to be linked to Government Direct Benefit Transfer Accounts
Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana, an insurance cover offered by the government, will be tied to the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme. This is expected to eliminate the occurrence of inactive/ zero balance accounts. This would ensure that the financial inclusion schemes issued by the government would reach a higher success rate. The Finance Ministry has also instructed banks to link these accounts to mobile numbers in order to further validate beneficiary accounts. Through DBT, the government has transferred Rs. 25,861.77 crore towards Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Rs. 21,421 crore towards the DBT PAHAL scheme, in the year 2015-2016.
12th May 2016
Government to offer Benefits to Unorganized Workers using Aadhaar
The Indian Government is planning to offer benefits including pension and insurance to around 40 crore unorganized workers using Jan Dhan Accounts and Aadhaar without the issuance of “Unorganized Workers Identification Number” or the U - WIN card. According to UIDAI, around 100 crore residents have got their Aadhaar cards with around 93 per cent adults having the 12 digit UID. Also, 25 crore bank accounts have been linked to Aadhaar.
A plan for Unified IT based platform to deliver services under various social security schemes has also been proposed. Earlier, the government had planned to offer smart cards for over 40 crore unorganized workers in India to provide social security benefits like pension and insurance.
The U-WIN card would have been a chip-based card to offer benefits to unorganized workers and their families under Atal Pension Yojana, Aam Admi Bima Yojana (AABY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana. As per the proposal, these benefits would be provided to the workers using their Aadhaar cards and Jan Dhan Accounts.
10th May 2016