ITANAGAR, July 7 - Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expressed its sheer disgust at the �poor outcome� of a slew of Central flagship programmes in the hilly State.
With reports of bankers not cooperating with the vast majority of people intending to take benefit of several of PM Modi�s flagship initiatives, the State BJP president Tapir Gao along with party MLAs held an interaction with the heads of the banks at its party headquarters here recently.
�In the last two years, Modi-led government has launched 52 schemes that have been well received across the country but in Arunachal, wherever I have gone, the commoners are complaining of non-cooperation from the bankers,� said the BJP president. �Data provided by the State�s Planning Department shows how poorly the implementing agencies are handling the ground-breaking initiatives of our Prime Minister,� lamented the former parliamentarian.
At the end of fiscal 2015-16, only 1,27,767 accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana were opened in Arunachal Pradesh but just about 5,812 accounts were seeded with Aadhar card.
Further, Gao informed that just 31,368 and 51,676 have been enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and PM Suraksha Bima Yojana respectively. And PM Atal Pension Yojana had just 1,200 subscribers. Terming it as a �poor show�, Gao sought to know the reasons for such dismal penetration.
�First is the inability to put up physical infrastructure; secondly, lack of manpower and third, lack of awareness,� said a banker while disclosing that awareness generation is at full swing.
Dr Mohesh Chai, MLA, exhorted the bankers to push for Mudra Yojana which till date has witnessed just about 2,343 (Shishu), 539 (Kishore) and 261 (Tarun) accounts opened across the State that accounted for fund disbursement of little over Rs 42 crore.
Raga MLA Tamar Murtem urged the district administrators to emulate the DC, Upper Subansiri in implementing such social welfare schemes. �Deploy govt officials at the banks to encourage opening of accounts as was done for Jan Dhan Yojana at SBI Daporijo branch�, Murtem said.