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Arun Jaitley says 300 million families got Jan Dhan Yojana accounts in 3 years

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-09-2017 PTI

New Delhi: As many as 300 million families have got bank accounts since the launch of India’s biggest-ever bank account opening drive, Jan Dhan Yojana, three years back, finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.

About 42% of households were unbanked before the Jan Dhan Yojana, which aims to give every household access to banking facilities by offering them zero-balance accounts across all commercial banks. Speaking at a conclave on financial inclusion, he said the number of zero-balance accounts has reduced from 77% to 20% and even these would become operational once the direct benefit transfer is expanded.

In September 2014, three months after the scheme was launched, 76.81% accounts had zero balance. The number of zero-balance accounts has now come down to 20% of the total, he said. 99.99% of households now have at least one bank account, thanks to the Jan Dhan Yojana.

Jaitley said biometric identification number Aadhaar was an evolving idea under the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime and it did not have legislative backing. The Aadhaar legislation, passed during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule, will stand the test of constitutionality of using the unique identification number for giving government benefits, he said.

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