Bank officials here have been asked to make efforts to see that all families in the district have an account by December 22, as the district gets ready to implement the Centre’s direct cash transfer scheme from January 1.

Speaking to bank officials at a meeting organised by the lead bank, State-level Bank Advisory Committee coordinating officer S. Muralidharan said Dharwad was one of the districts selected for the pilot project. He asked officials to prepare a list of people who don’t have an account by visiting every ward, while also educating them on the importance of opening one.

The direct cash transfer would be applicable for 34 facilities, including 24 different student scholarships, Indira Gandhi senior citizen pension, Janani Suraksha, monetary assistance for beedi workers to construct houses, special funds under child labour welfare scheme, and pension for widows and those with disabilities.

Zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.A. Meghannavar was present.