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Madhya Pradesh tops in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has topped in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. It is the first among major states to achieve cent per cent target of opening bank accounts of all families. As a result, none of the total about 1.54 crore families in the state is without a bank account.

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana was launched simultaneously in the country on August 28, 2014. Under the scheme, January 26, 2015 was fixed as the date for achieving cent percent target. Madhya Pradesh has achieved this target way before on November 30, 2014.

As per a survey, 1.4 crore families already had bank accounts in the state. During the drive, 49.48 lakh families were linked with banks by opening their accounts. In all, 58.64 lakh bank accounts were opened under the scheme.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had been intensively reviewing implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana from day-one. During 155th meeting of State Level Bankers Committee also he had reviewed progress of the scheme and directed that the target must be achieved positively latest by December 31, 2014.

The state government has decided to felicitate at the state level the collectors and district Lead Bank Managers who have achieved cent percent targets first. Similarly, state-level heads of banks having achieved the target first of all at the state level will also be felicitated. It has also been decided to give away citations to sarpanchs and banks of all villages covered by Sub Service Area (SSA) at development block level functions and in-charges of wards in the urban areas. After assessment, the Chief Minister will honour district collectors and Lead Bank Managers.

Of the 58.64 lakh bank accounts opened under the scheme, 45.56 lakh are in rural and 13.9 lakh bank accounts in urban areas.