Shimla: As part of the Atal Pension Yojna , seeks to provide a pension scheme for citizens of India especially focussed on the unorganised sector workers, the Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to make contribution of Rs. 1000 per annum for the next three years in the accounts of workers contributing at least Rs. 1000 per annum towards Atal Pension Yojna.
Principal Secretary, Finance Dr. Shrikant Baldi, in the 136th meeting of State Level Bankers Committee to review the performance of banking sector in the State for the financial year 2014-15 here today, reiterated government commitment for its successful implementation and revealed making a budgetary provision of Rs. 10 crore, which is expected to benefit one lakh workers/subscribers.
Dr. Baldi advised the banks to encourage the people especially workers of unorganized sectors including Anganwadi, MNREGA and shop workers, besides agricultural and horticultural labourers etc. for adopting Atal Pension Yojna.
He asked bankers to start aggressive literacy and awareness campaign so that maximum people could take advantage of social security schemes including Pradhan Mantri Surksha Bima Yojana(PMJSY), Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojna ( PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana.
He expressed happiness on the efforts of the banks in opening the bank accounts of various sections of the society under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana(PMJDY) and linking them with the recently launched social security schemes.
Dr. Baldi urged the banks to take up the credit expansion extensively in the districts with special focus on Area Specific Lending schemes and improving the overall CDR of the State.
The issue on delayed transfer of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) funds was also raised in the meeting and Principal Secretary Finance asked the SLBC to review the situation quarterly. He also directed the concerned banks to transfer the DBT Funds in time bound manner so that beneficiaries could avail its benefit without delay.
Principal Secretary Rural Development, Manisha Nanda raised the issue of Direct Benefit Transfer funds of MNREGA workers and other beneficiaries. She said that timely transfer of funds should be ensured by the concerned banks.
General Manager and Convener, UCO Bank V.K. Shrivastava, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India I.S. Negi, Chief General Manager NABARD P. Radhakrishanan, Deputy General Manager, UCO Bank A.K. Sihna and senior officials of the State Government, Banks, Insurance Companies, UIDAI were present in the meeting.