More than 40 crore bank accounts have been opened under the government's flagship financial inclusion drive Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), launched about six years ago by the Modi-government.
As per the latest figure, there are 40.05 crore beneficiaries of this scheme and deposits in Jan Dhan bank accounts are in excess of Rs 1.30 lakh crore.
Accounts opened under PMJDY are Basic Savings Bank Deposit (BSBD) accounts with additional features of RuPay debit card and overdraft. There is no requirement of maintaining minimum balance in BSBD accounts.
In view of the runaway success of the scheme, the government in 2018 enhanced the accident insurance cover to Rs 2 lakh, from Rs 1 lakh for new accounts opened after August 28, 2018.
Besides, the overdraft limit facility was also doubled to Rs 10,000.
The government also shifted the focus on accounts from "every household" to "every unbanked adult".
Over 50 per cent of the Jan Dhan account holders are women and the government as part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana remited Rs 1,500 per account in three equal monthly installments to support the poor during the COVID-19 crisis.
The government on March 26, 2020 announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 500 to be credited to women Jan Dhan account holders for three months starting from April.
The objective of PMJDY is to ensure access to various financial services like availability of basic savings bank account, access to need based credit, remittances facility, insurance and pension to weaker sections and low income groups.
The PMJDY also envisages channelling all government benefits to the beneficiary accounts and pushing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme of the central government.
How to open PM Jan Dhan Yojana account?
Step 1 - Documents needed
NREGA card signed by state government officer
Step 2 - PMJDY form
To avail of the benefits, one has to fill out a form that is available on the official website.
Step 3 - Fill out details
The next step would be to fill out the form by uploading all the documents and other KYC details.
Step 4 - Submit
The documents and the form should be taken to a nearby bank where one wishes to open an account.
Step 5 - Verification
The bank officials will verify all the documents and will open the account for you.