PMJDY accounts hit 462.5 mn in eight yrs, deposits attain Rs 1.73 trillion


Complete accounts opened underneath PM Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) touched 462.5 million in eight years for the reason that launch of economic inclusion initiative, taking the deposits in these accounts to Rs 1.73 trillion as on August 10, 2022.

PMJDY accounts opened until August 2021 stood at 430.4 million. The scheme was launched on August 28, 2014 with the motive of ‘banking the unbanked’, with 179 million accounts being opened in its first yr. The scheme has expanded its protection to 67 per cent rural or semi-urban areas, and has 56 per cent of ladies accountholders.

Nevertheless, operative accounts as a proportion of the whole quantity Jan Dhan accounts declined in August 2022. Out of a complete of 462.5 million PMJDY accounts in August 2022, 375.7 million or 81.2 per cent have been operative. This compares with 368.6 million operative accounts or 85.6 per cent of the whole variety of Jan Dhan accounts in August 2021.

Common deposits per Jan Dhan account rose to Rs 3,761 in August 2022 from Rs 3,398 a yr in the past. The typical deposit per account was up over 2.9 instances from Rs 1,279 in August 2015.

The rise within the common deposit is a sign of elevated utilization of accounts and the inculcation of the saving behavior amongst accountholders, the Ministry of Finance mentioned in a press release.

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“The JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhar-Cell) pipeline created by way of account holders’ consent-based linking of financial institution accounts with Aadhar and cell numbers of the account holders, which is among the necessary pillars of economic inclusion ecosystem, has enabled prompt direct profit switch (DBT) underneath varied authorities welfare schemes to the eligible beneficiaries,” mentioned Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

The benefit of the structure created underneath the monetary ecosystem got here useful through the Covid-19 pandemic, facilitating direct revenue assist to farmers underneath PM-KISAN and switch of ex-gratia cost to ladies PMJDY account holders underneath PM Garib Kalyan Package deal (PMGKP) seamlessly and in a time-bound method, Sitharaman mentioned in a press release.

About 54 million PMJDY account holders obtain direct profit switch from the federal government underneath varied schemes. To make sure that the eligible beneficiaries obtain their DBT on time, the Division of Monetary Providers has been figuring out causes for DBT failures that may be prevented, in session with DBT Mission, Nationwide Funds Company of India (NPCI), banks and varied different ministries.

This has helped cut back the variety of avoidable DBT failures as a proportion of the whole failures, to 9.7 per cent in FY22 from 13.5 per cent in FY20.

Digital transactions have seen a rise with 319.4 million RuPay debit playing cards being issued underneath PMJDY, set up of level of sale (PoS) machines and introduction of UPI, taking whole such transactions to 71.95 billion in FY22 from 9.78 billion in FY17, the ministry mentioned.

Complete RuPay card transactions at PoS and e-commerce have elevated from 282.8 million in FY17 to 1.51 billion in FY22.

The centre now plans to cowl PMJDY accountholders underneath its flagship insurance coverage schemes, PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and PM Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), and enhance entry for them to micro-credit and micro investments plans equivalent to flexi-recurring deposit.

IN NUMBERS

(as on Aug ’22)

Complete PMJDY accounts: 462.5 million

Operative PMJDY accounts: 375.7 million or 81.2%

Complete Deposits: Rs 1.73 trillion

Common Deposits: Rs 3,761

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