Tuesday, September 28, 2010
BIS #2063 SOCIAL FINANCIAL INCLUSION MEETING - VASAI & BOSCO BOYS HOME
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010: The concept of Financial and Social Inclusion for underprivileged has been spreading through various NGO meets in Maharashtra by Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai. On September 17, a meeting was held at the Good Shepherd Convent, Virar, for NGOs engaged in social action for the Diocese of Vasai, one of the points of the agenda was the explaining about the importance of financial and social inclusion of the poor for a better India. Most NGOs faced a common problem that many schemes and services though meant for the poor, remains inaccessible due to lack of identity or other forms of documentation. Making a PAN card as proof of identity and opening an SBI tiny saving account helps solve many of these issues.
Sanmitra an NGO has been appointed as a nodal agency for Unit Trust of India to issue PAN cards as well as a Business Correspondent (BC) for the State Bank of India has been appointed to help NOGs become CSPs (Customer Service Provider) to issue SBI tiny savings accounts for the poor in the slums and villages. This service was made open to the attending NGOs. Many took this up and decided to follow up on the lead given through Sanmitra.