PIB Guwahati Holds Webinar on the occasion of 7th Anniversary of PMJDY
New Delhi: The actual journey of financial inclusion in India started in 2014 when the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and other related schemes were started, said Shri Sushanta Kumar Sahoo, DGM, State Bank of India, Guwahati while addressing a webinar organized on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the launch of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The webinar was organized by Press Information Bureau, Guwahati today.
Talking about financial inclusion Shri Sahoo said that financial inclusion mainly provides reliable financial solution to the economically weaker section of the society through various financial products relating to credit, investment, insurance and pension. He informed that a record number of bank accounts were opened under PMJDY scheme in Assam. As on June, 2021 the State has 1 Crore 90 Lakh PMJDY accounts against 50 lakh households, he said. He also highlighted about the success of other schemes like PM Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana in his address.
Shri Sahoo requested all the stakeholders like the government functionaries at the different district and block level and also the NGOs to participate in this programme in good manner so that the financial inclusion programme can reach the lowest section of the people and this movement can go on successfully.
Addressing the webinar, Smt Kuhu Ganguli, DGM, State Bank of India, LHM, Kolkata informed that in Sikkim 86 thousand Jan Dhan accounts have been opened till date. Asserting it as a big achievement she said that the benefits of Jan Dhan Yojana have reached the remotest and hilly areas benefitting all section of people.
Prof S. S. Mahapatra, HoD, Commerce, Sikkim Central university spoke on Financial inclusion and economic development in the country in reference of PMJDY. He said that within a short span of seven years India has seen many changes and the financial inclusion ecosystem has become stronger and now it is capable of delivering financial services to the poorest of the poor. Shri Mahapatra added that during Covid-19 Atmanirbhar package led people to view Jan Dhan as the channel for all welfare schemes.
Shri Ravi Shankar Ravi, Editor Dainik Purvoday opined that opening a bank account is now not difficult for the lower strata of population in our country because of PMJDY. Under this scheme the Government has granted access to those who have difficulties opening accounts in banks.
Shri Gopajit Das, Media and Communication Officer, PIB delivered the welcome address and the webinar was moderated by Smt. Sucharita Sahoo, Media and Communication Officer, PIB, Guwahati. Participants from across Northeast region, field offices of Press Information Bureau & Regional Outreach Bureau joined the webinar today.