Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

News: The finance ministry data has revealed that deposits in bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have crossed the Rs 1.5 lakh crore mark.

Performance of the scheme (as of 2021):
• The number of total PMJDY accounts stand at more than 44 crore.54 crore Jan Dhan accounts were held in rural and semi-urban bank branches.Nearly 24.61 crore account holders were women as of December 29, 2021. Benefits like scholarships, subsidies, pensions, and COVID relief funds are credited to the bank accounts, including Jan Dhan Accounts, through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

About PMJDY:
• Announced on 15th August 2014, PMJDY is National Mission for Financial Inclusion to ensure access to financial
services, namely, Banking/ Savings & Deposit Accounts, Remittance, Credit, Insurance, Pension in an affordable manner.
• It aims to ensure access of financial products & services at an affordable cost and use of technology to lower cost & widen reach.

Components:
• Banking the unbanked – Opening of basic savings bank deposit (BSBD) account with minimal paperwork, relaxed KYC, e-KYC, account opening in camp mode, zero balance & zero charges.
• Securing the unsecured – Issuance of Indigenous Debit cards for cash withdrawals & payments at merchant locations, with free accident insurance coverage of Rs. 2 lakhs.
• Funding the unfunded – Other financial products like micro-insurance, overdraft for consumption, micro-pension & microcredit.

6 pillars of scheme:
• Universal access to banking services – Branch and Banking Correspondents.
• Basic savings bank accounts with overdraft facility (OD) of Rs. 10,000/- to every household.
• Financial Literacy Program– Promoting savings, use of ATMs, getting ready for credit, availing insurance and pensions, using basic mobile phones for banking.
• Creation of Credit Guarantee Fund – To provide banks some guarantee against defaults.
• Insurance – Accident cover up to Rs. 1,00,000 and life cover of Rs. 30,000 on account opened between 15 Aug 2014 to 31 January 2015.
• Pension scheme for Unorganized sector.

New features:
• Focus shift from Every Household to Every Unbanked Adult.
• RuPay Card Insurance – Free accidental insurance cover on RuPay cards increased from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakhs for PMJDY accounts opened after 28.8.2018.
• Enhancement in overdraft facilities – OD limit doubled from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000; OD upto Rs 2,000 (without conditions). Increase in upper age limit for OD from 60 to 65 years.  

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