Campaign on bank linkage for mgnregs and financial literacy kicks off in Ukhrul

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From John K. KapingUKHRUL, May 20: With the opening of two new bank branches in Ukhrul viz. SBI,Somsai and UBI, Mini Secretariat,Hamlieikhong, the BDO Office, Ukhrul T.D. Block, the campaign to open individual bank accounts for all the job card holders under the MGNREGS scheme so that the wage earners receive their wages directly into their account has already been started.
All the three bank branches in Ukhrul district headquarters are extending full co-operation in the bank-linkage of MGNREGS scheme to empower the wage earners, the Press Communiqué issued by Ukhrul Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Rajen Vishal (IAS) said.
Further, to educate the job card holders and all beneficiaries, a week- long Special Training and Workshop on “Bank Linkage and Financial Inclusion and Literacy ” is being organized in all localities of Ukhrul and Hungpung village by the BDO, Ukhrul Office in association with the bank officials of UBI,Ukhrul wherein the beneficiaries would be enlightened about the benefits and procedure of opening of a bank account, other banking facilities available in the banks, importance of financial planning in life and other aspects of financial literacy.
Giving details about the campaign, the SDO/BDO told that the bank linkage will go a long way in bringing efficiency, transparency and accountability in the implementation of government welfare schemes as it would reduce the cash handling and empower the beneficiaries as they would be able to withdraw the money from any of the three ATMs in the town as per their convenience He also thanked the branch managers and the staff of UBI, Viewland; UBI, Mini Secretariat, Hamaleikhong and SBI, Somsai for their co-operation and assistance in this campaign.

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