Staff Reporter

Scheme to bring marginalised communities to the mainstream

KOZHIKODE: The six-lakh odd families in Kozhikode district will have a bank account by next February.

A project will be implemented as part of the "financial inclusion " scheme envisaged by the Centre to bring the marginalised communities to the mainstream of society. This was decided at a District Level Bankers' Committee chaired by District Collector A. Jayathilak on Wednesday. It will be ensured that a member of every household in the district open a savings bank account without any deposit. The account holder will also have access to all facilities, including ATM. The account can be opened after submitting copies of the ration card or election identity card.

The meeting also decided to implement the project with the cooperation of all banks in the district, Government departments, voluntary agencies, farmers' organisations and Kudumbasree units. The State Government decided to put into practice the scheme after successfully implementing a pilot project in Palakkad district.