The district administration and Indian Overseas Bank, lead bank in the district, have achieved 100% coverage in three Prime Minister’s financial inclusive programmes under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA).

After Collector S.Natarajan launched the GSA, the village self-governance campaign, to reach out to rural households on April 14, the district administration achieved saturation in Centre’s seven programmes including the financial inclusive programmes in 34 dalits dominated villages by May 5.

Later, after the GSA was extended to 268 more villages, which had population of more than 1,000 people in the second phase on June 1, the district administration and the lead bank have achieved 100% coverage in the financial inclusive programmes in these villages, well ahead of the deadline of August 15.

All the eligible people in the 302 villages have been covered under Jan Dhan Yojana (bank accounts with zero balance), Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (life insurance with a premium of Rs. 12) and Suraksha Bima Yojana (accident insurance with premium of Rs. 330).

“We are striving to achieve saturations in the other pro-poor programmes such as Ujjwala Yojana (cooking gas), Saubhagya Ujala scheme (LED lights) and Mission Indradhanush (health mission) by the end of this month,” Collector said.

Bank officials said a total of 92,847 people in the 302 villages have been helped to open bank accounts with zero balance in 180 branches. Similarly, 1.78 lakh people were helped to join the life insurance scheme and 1.35 lakh people in the accident insurance scheme.

The lead bank has achieved the task after carrying out a survey with the help of man power provided by the Magalir Thittam.

Meanwhile, the Collector has launched an exercise to visit the 302 villages and check whether the villages had LED street lights, toilet and drinking water facilities and link roads.

The GSA was being implemented after the district was selected as one of the aspirational districts in the country, he said.

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