New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated all bankers through an email for the success of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and rolled out a roadmap for the future, an official statement said here Saturday.
"It gives me great pleasure to have seen the exceptional work done by you all in ensuring the success of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The target set for opening bank accounts for all households has been surpassed well ahead of the target date of Jan 26, 2015," the Prime Minister wrote in an email.
"By opening 11.5 crore new accounts in a very short span, we have achieved a coverage of 99.74 percent of all households in the country. I congratulate you for your extraordinary efforts," he said.
"You will recall that when we started this mission, many had doubts about our ability to achieve this task in a limited time span of five months. However, you have proved sceptics wrong and achieved what appeared impossible. This feat alone should motivate you, as well as others to work to make our dreams a reality," Modi added.
By opening 1.8 crore accounts under the PMJDY in a week, the financial inclusion programme has got the Guinness World Records recognition.
"The Guinness World Records has recognised the achievements made under the PMJDY and has given a certificate stating that the most bank accounts opened in one week as part of the Financial Inclusion Campaign is 18,096,130 and was achieved by the department of financial services, government of India from Aug 23-Aug 29, 2014," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said earlier.
Laying out a roadmap for the future, the Prime Minister in his email said: "Well begun is half done. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana provides a platform for changing the economic condition of our people. We need to build on this success and leverage these accounts to provide our citizens a wide range of credit, insurance and pension services. We also need to maintain high standards of customer service. This is the next phase of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana."
"We need to redouble efforts on financial literacy. Aadhaar seeding needs to improve further. Bank Mitras need to be enabled to carry out RuPay card and Aadhaar enabled transactions in villages itself. I want you to work to ensure that each account holder enrols for Aadhaar and seeds it in the bank account. This needs to be done for all accounts. I am sure you will do this seeding with the same zeal you showed in driving bank account opening," the prime minister said.
"I believe that most development activities were hindered by the single disability of not having bank accounts. We have now overcome this disability. Benefits have already started flowing to people through some of the Direct Benefit Transfer schemes. This not only ensures that benefits reach people directly, but also utilizes your accounts well," he added.