Job card holders to fall under purview of social security insurance schemes

Rakesh Kumar K., CEO, zilla panchayat, said all job card holders under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the district, would be brought under the purview of social security insurance schemes launched by the Centre.

Awareness of the schemes — including Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana — is not on expected levels. Financial literacy centres (FLCs) established by nationalised and regional rural banks should disseminate information on the same. There are around 1.90 lakh job card holders under MGNREGS in the district. The ZP would enrol all beneficiaries of MGNREGS for the schemes, he said at a meeting of the review committee of District Lead Bank on Friday.

An awareness programme for elected gram panchayat members and Panchayat Development Officers would be held on the schemes. It should be made mandatory for banks to display information on insurance schemes at their premises. Expressing displeasure that, of the 2.25 lakh accounts opened in the district under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, around 15% have become inoperative, he directed bankers to motivate account holders to conduct financial transactions.

Regarding the onset of Southwest Monsoon, he said bankers should strive to bring more farmers under the purview of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and Weather Based Crop Insurance Schemes.

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