The Finance Ministry has called a meeting of the chiefs of public sector banks on November 20 to review their financial performance and discuss about the Jan Dhan Yojana, among other things.
Chief executives of financial institutions like Nabard and NHB will also attending the meeting. "Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may attend the meeting. If the Minister is unable to, Department of Financial Services Secretary Hasmukh Adhia will head the review meeting," a source said.
The main agenda of the meeting is discussing financial performance at the end of the second quarter, sources said. The issue of asset quality and recovery of bad loans would also be discussed. Credit to farm sector, MSME, housing and education loans may also come up during the talks. Besides this, there would be deliberation on lending to stalled projects.
The Prime Minister on August 28 launched the the PMJDY scheme to boost financial inclusion. About 7 crore bank accounts have been opened under Jan Dhan scheme so far. As on November 10, 7.24 crore accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) of which 4.29 crore in rural and 2.95 crore are in urban areas. RuPay Cards have been issued in case of 3.97 crore accounts.
The Yojana envisages universal access to banking facilities with at least one basic banking account for every household, financial literacy, access to credit, insurance and pension facility. The main features of the PMJDY scheme include Rs 5,000 overdraft facility for Aadhar-linked accounts, RuPay Debit Card with inbuilt Rs 1 lakh accident insurance cover.
Besides, account holders under the scheme will get life insurance cover of Rs 30,000. This was additional benefit announced by the Prime Minister during the launch of the scheme. The scheme also calls for account holders to get an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000.