President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday gave a further push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet Jan Dhan Yojna scheme that entails bank accounts for all citizens.
As the government prioritised financial inclusion, Mukherjee’s office, in fact, clubbed centre’s multiple schemes to launch an ambitious plan to turn President’s Estate into a financially inclusive township (FIT).
As per the umbrella plan, all officials, staff and even contractual workers employed in the Estate will be enrolled for UIDAI’s Aadhar scheme. They will be covered under Jan Dhan Yojana and given RuPay Cards.
While almost 5000 people are expected to be benefitted from this FIT initiative at the country’s highest office, the larger message is clearly the President’s backing to priorities of the new government.
UIDAI too, has got a fresh lease of life after former Aadhar chief Nandan Nilekani met PM Modi to explain the importance of the UPA’s scheme.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan also launched a financial literacy programme for students, their families and other residents of the President’s Estate.
Contract labours who are working in the Estate, will also be enrolled in ‘Swavalamban’, a special pension scheme for the unorganized labour sector.
Observers see these steps as yet another chapter of excellent working relations between the country’s highest office and the government of the day. During his recent Vietnam tour too, President spoke extensively on his government’s works and ambitions.