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.
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.