Odisha Tops ‘Saksham Gram’ Numbers With 753 Villages Covered

An entire small village in Ganjam district successfully operates their accounts in the Indian Post Payment Bank (IPPB), a government-owned paperless bank, even though they are technologically not so advanced.

The 155 households in the Palasi village under Hinjili block has been tagged as a ‘saksham gram’ of the postal department. Apart from households, shopkeepers also have their accounts registered, as the total number of bank accounts counts up to 210 as per official details.

Chief Post Master General of Odisha circle Santosh Kumar Kamila mentioned that 753 villages in Odisha have been declared as ‘saksham gram’ – highest in the country – as all households in these villages have accounts in IPPB.

“The villagers operate their accounts on their own, even though all of them are not technology savvy”, noted a senior officer of Berhampur Postal Division.

The postal department had set a target of making 66 villages ‘saksham gram’, but the reality surpassed the target with 753 villages. Out of these, 73 villages are in Berhampur postal division.

The IPPB was launched in the state on September 1 2018. Henceforth, 3,37,296 accounts have been opened within a year, with a total transaction of approximately Rs 9.41-crore, according to official sources. With over 33 branches spread all over Odisha, the bank has provided 7000 banking access points and equipped several doorstep banking service providers with micro-ATM devices enabling the full package of banking services.

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