J&K’s remote areas to get door-to-door digital banking

NEW DELHI: In order to promote door-to-door digital banking and financial services in the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday launched a mission of ”One Gram Panchayat-One DIGI-Pay Sakhi” in the union territory at a function.

This abovementioned mission was launched at Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Pampore. Initially, the DIGI-Pay facility will be provided in 2000 remote villages of the UT and in the first phase, 80 women from Self Help Groups from across Jammu and Kashmir have been selected as individual DIGI-Pay Sakhis.

While highlighting the contribution of women in the rural informal sector, the Lt Governor said the initiatives like Krishi Sakhi and Pashu Sakhi will go a long way in empowering our women in agriculture and the allied sector. Mentioning “Nari Shakti” ‘s social and economic independence as the bedrock of any nation’s progress, the Lt Governor said that the J&K government has started a mass movement for the all round upliftment of women across the Union Territory.

Apart from depositing money, the village population can also avail the benefits of additional banking and financial services such as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maandhan Yojana, registration of Kisan Credit Card etc. With the increasing female literacy rate, providing access to quality education, encouraging more and more women to become entrepreneurs, and providing financial support for the upliftment of women, J-K is leading by example in terms of women empowerment, as mentioned by the Lt. Governor.

Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, besides a large number of members of SHGs were present on the occasion.

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