PM Modi hails 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' achievements as it completes 6 years
New Delhi, Aug 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana that was launched with an ambitious aim of banking the unbanked completed six years today.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Today, six years ago, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana was launched with an ambitious aim of banking the unbanked. This initiative has been a game-changer, serving as the foundation for many poverty alleviation initiatives, benefitting crores of people. #6YearsOfJanDhanYojana."
The Prime Minister further added that the high number of beneficiaries of this scheme are from rural areas and are women.
"Thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the future of several families has become secure. A high proportion of beneficiaries are from rural areas and are women. I also applaud all those who have worked tirelessly to make PM-JDY a success," the Prime Minister said in another tweet.
PM Modi also shared a few infographics which stated that till August 2015, 17.90 crore PM-JDY bank accounts were opened whereas till August 2020, as many as 40.35 crore bank accounts have been opened.
The key features of this scheme are--Opening of basic saving bank deposit account with relaxed KYC, zero balance, and zero charges.
Another infographic stated that over 63.6 per cent of the PM-JDY account holders are from rural areas while 36.4 per cent are from urban areas. Over 55 per cent PM-JDY account holders are women.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, a government scheme, aims to expand and make affordable access to financial services such as bank accounts, remittances, credit, insurance and pensions, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2014.