FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, June 29: With reports of bankers not cooperating with the vast majority of the people intending to take benefits of the several of central flagship initiatives?, Aruchal Pradesh unit of BJP President Tapir Gao along with several BJP legislators held an interaction with the heads of the banks at its party headquarters here on Tuesday.
“In the last two years, Modi government has launched 52 schemes that have been well received across the country but in Aruchal, wherever I have gone, the commoners are complaining of non-cooperation from the bankers,” Gao said adding, data provided by state planning department shows how poorly the implementing agencies are handling the ground breaking initiatives of the Prime Minister.
At the end of fiscal 2015-16, only 1,27,767 Prime Ministers Jan Dan Yoj accounts were opened in Aruchal Pradesh but just about 5,812 accounts were seeded with Aadhar card.
Further, Gao informed that just 31, 368 and 51, 676 have been enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yoja and PM Suraksha Bima Yoja respectively while PM Atal Pension Yoja had just 1200 subscribers. Terming the penetration as a ‘poor show’, Gao sought to know the reasons for such dismal penetration.
“First is the ibility to put up physical infrastructure; secondly,? lack of manpower and third is, lack of awareness,” said a banker while disclosing that awareness generation was at full swing.
BJP MLA from Tezu, Dr Mohesh Chai exhorted the bankers to push for PM Mudra Yoja which till date has witnessed just about 2343 (Shishu), 539 (Kishore) and 261 (Tarun) accounts opened across the state that accounted for fund disbursement of little over Rs 42 crores.
Talking of good practices, BJP legislator from Raga Tamar Murtem urged the district administrators to emulate Upper Subansiri DC in implementing such social welfare schemes.
“Deploy government officials at the banks to encourage opening of accounts as was done for Jan Dan Yoja at Daporijo State Bank of India,” Murtem said. In the meeting attended by state vice presidents Techi Necha, Kenyir Ringu, general secretaries Dominic Tadar, Ramesh Kadaganchi, legislators Laisam Simai and Olom Panyang besides former minister Tsering Gyurmey urged private bankers to establish a branch at Dirang while MLA Tesam Pongte made the same appeal for Changlang.
Gao suggested for regular dialogue between the bankers and the party. “Those who were absent today should make it a point next time to engage with us, so that we are aware of the challenges that are hindering the implementation,” said Gao adding that, if needed the state BJP would write to the PMO and Fince Ministry.