WB Govt To Launch Mobile Banks In Villages

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Kolkata: Having the instruction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the State Government is gearing up to launch mobile banks. Mobile banks is banks on vehicles, in villages on a large scale.

There are currently almost 5,000 cooperative societies. The State Government would list the better performing ones among these to run the mobile banks. This is a precursor to comprehensive plans of the government to open a bank in every gram panchayat of the state. Mamata Banerjee during a recent administrative review meeting in Baharampur.

As a start, cooperative banks have been opened in five unbanked gram panchayats in Murshidabad district, by which 75,000 people would be benefitted. Ten more such banks are in the offing.

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The mobile banks would also be run by cooperative banks. Employees of cooperative banks would man these mobile banks, visiting far-flung villages of the state on a regular basis. Thus, villagers would be able to conduct banking transactions too.