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CM launches banking scheme for poor

CM launches banking scheme for poor
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday launched a unique scheme to facilitate banking services for the under-privileged sections, including direct transfer of cash subsidy into the bank accounts of beneficiaries of a number of welfare schemes.

Under the scheme, citizens will be able to open ‘Saral Money’ bank account in five leading banks by producing their Aadhaar numbers.

The scheme, launched in collaboration with UIDAI, Visa Card and five banks – Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI and Indian Overseas Bank, is aimed facilitating banking services to the under-privileged section.

The visa payment settlement-based Saral Money account would enable a customer to make purchases, send money or receive government disbursements at the existing ATMs, point of sale terminals and proposed micro ATMs.

Dikshit, last month, had sought Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s help to facilitate direct transfer of cash subsidies and other financial assistance to 30 lakh beneficiaries of various central and Delhi government schemes for curbing leakages, diversion and corruption.

Initially, the Saral Money scheme will be implemented in parts of New Delhi and National Capital Region.

‘Saral Money ensures that everyone with an Aadhar number automatically has an Aadhar linked instant account in a bank,’ Dikshit said, adding that the new product would bring banking right at the door step of the poor.

The Aaadhar number holder can also purchase a ‘card’ for a nominal fee to access various ATMs, officials said. ‘The product would also bring a positive change in financial scenario in the country,’ the Chief Minister said.
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