Tuesday, October 12, 2010
BIS #2087 SOCIAL & FINANCIAL INCLUSION - MAHARASTRA NGOS NET
Our research has shown that the UIDAI will take a few more years till its usefulness will percolate down to the villagers, while the PAN Card has been readily useful and playing a very important role in the lives of poor. But to make the PAN card service available to them, the NGO needs to be made aware of its importance for the rural people. Focusing on these issues it was expressed that rural poor, many a times lose their documents or don’t possess any documents to avail of benefits from the services/ schemes rendered by the Government. The poor can achieve an identity proof through the PAN Card to avail government services/ opening bank accounts etc.
NGOs after learning the process showed interest in making PAN cards for the rural groups they work with. Issues on practicality of the project operation with the rural target groups was discussed in the open discussion forum with the NGO Directors such as- ‘how to collect the PAN card application forms’ and ‘submission where about’ etc. Prof Prabha Desai, Director of Sanmitra (Collaborating Partner) being a Nodal Agency for PAN Card clarified that the forms can be couriered to the concerned NGOs and the application fees can be deposited by them in the nearby SBI branch by the NGO.Besides Pan Card, NGOs were keenly interested in the other financial inclusion instruments like SBI Tiny, Government insurance schemes, pension schemes etc. A deal is being negotiated with these financial instruments to obtain a better package for the NGOs to take this programme forward to the masses.