New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana has bagged a place in Guinness Book of World Records for opening of maximum number of bank accounts in a lesser span of time.
Launched by Prime Minister Modi on August 28, 2014, nearly 11.5 crore new bank accounts have been opened under Jan Dhan Yojana so far.
The government had given banks the deadline of January 26, 2015 to open 10 crore accounts. However, banks had achieved the target set by the government a month before the January 26 deadline.
Announcing this, the Finance Secretary said 99.74 percent households in the country have been covered by the Jan Dhan Yojana.
Public sector banks alone opened 9.06 crore accounts, followed by regional rural banks which opened about 2 crore accounts. 13 private sector banks together open just 36 lakh accounts.
(With Agency inputs)