Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

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Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Launched – 28th Aug 2014


Ministry- Finance


Its objective is ensuring access to various financial services like availability of basic savings bank account, access to need based credit, remittances facility, insurance and pension to the excluded sections i.e. weaker sections & low income groups. This deep penetration at affordable cost is possible only with effective use of technology.
PMJDY is a National Mission on Financial Inclusion encompassing an integrated approach to bring about comprehensive financial inclusion of all the households in the country. The plan envisages universal access to banking facilities with at least one basic banking account for every household, financial literacy, access to credit, insurance and pension facility. In addition, the beneficiaries would get RuPay Debit card having inbuilt accident insurance cover of ? 1 lakh. The plan also envisages channeling all Government benefits (from Centre / State / Local Body) to the beneficiaries accounts and pushing the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme of the Union Government. The technological issues like poor connectivity, on-line transactions will be addressed. Mobile transactions through telecom operators and their established centres as Cash Out Points are also planned to be used for Financial Inclusion under the Scheme. Also an effort is being made to reach out to the youth of this country to participate in this Mission Mode Programme.

Documents required to open an account under PMJDY
An account can be opened by presenting an officially valid document.
i.    the passport,
ii.    the driving licence,
iii.    the Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card,
iv.    the Voter’s Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India,
v.    job card issued by NREGA duly signed by an officer of the State Government,
vi.    the letter issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India containing details of name, address and Aadhaar number, or
vii.    any other document as notified by the Central Government in consultation with the Regulator:
Provided that where simplified measures are applied for verifying the identity of the clients the following documents shall be deemed to be officially valid documents:—
a.    identity card with applicant's Photograph issued by Central/State Government Departments, Statutory/Regulatory Authorities, Public Sector Undertakings, Scheduled Commercial Banks, and Public Financial Institutions;
b.    letter issued by a Gazetted officer, with a duly attested photograph of the person.

What are the benefits of Opening PMJDY?

1.    Interest on deposit.
2.    Accidental insurance cover of Rs. 1 lac
3.    No minimum balance required.
4.    The scheme provides life cover of Rs. 30,000/- payable on death of the beneficiary, subject to fulfillment of the eligibility condition.
5.    Easy Transfer of money across India
6.    Beneficiaries of Government Schemes will get Direct Benefit Transfer in these accounts.
7.    After satisfactory operation of the account for 6 months, an overdraft facility will be permitted
8.    Access to Pension, insurance products.
9.    The Claim under Personal Accidental Insurance under PMJDY shall be payable if the Rupay Card holder have performed minimum one successful financial or non-financial customer induced transaction at any Bank Branch, Bank Mitra, ATM, POS, E-COM etc. Channel both Intra and Inter-bank i.e. on-us (Bank Customer/rupay card holder transacting at same Bank channels) and off-us (Bank Customer/Rupay card holder transacting at other Bank Channels) within 90 days prior to date of accident including accident date will be included as eligible transactions under the Rupay Insurance Program 2016-2017.
10.    Overdraft facility upto Rs.5000/- is available in only one account per household, preferably lady of the household.

Lets have a look, how banks have benefited from this.