30 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2009 Last revised: 5 Aug 2009
Date Written: March 4, 2009
Though our country's economy is growing around 9 percent, still the growth is not inclusive with the economic condition of the people in rural areas worsening further. One of the typical reasons for poverty is being financially excluded. Though there are few people who are enjoying all kinds of services from savings to net banking, but still in our country around 40% of people lack access to even basic financial services like savings, credit and insurance facilities. So an inclusive sector should not only serve the bankable clients, but also integrate the unbankable clients by making them bankable. Many actions taken by the government like Nationalizing of Banks, 40% of credit targets to priority sector, opening of RRBs and LABs, etc for past three decades are one form of financial inclusion, but still around 80% of rural households do not have access to credit from a formal source. So as a last door step to Financial Inclusion, RBI came up with an initiative of launching National pilot project on Financial Inclusion in Puducherry in 2005. The specialty of this Financial Inclusion project is that accounts are opened by the bank officials at the doorsteps of households without insisting on any minimum balance or deposits. Let us analyze in depth that whether bringing people under banking category by this financial inclusion project helps in achieving the ultimate goal of lifting the standard of living of The Poor and reduce poverty in our country.
Keywords: Financial Inclusion
JEL Classification: F44, G20, G21, G30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Ravichandran, Dr. Krishnamurthy and Alkhathlan, Dr. Khalid, Financial Inclusion - A Path towards India's Future Economic Growth (March 4, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1353125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1353125