Berhampur, Nov 17 (LocalWire) Odisha Postal Circle stood first for declaring as many as 753 villages in the state as saksham gram with every household in these villages having at least one account in Indian Post Payment Bank (IPPB), chief post master general, Odisha circle, Santosh Kumar Kamila said.
A village is declared saksham gram when all its households have at least one account in IPPB. Odisha postal circle came first for highest number of sangram grams last year and received the national award in September for this purpose, he said.
“Postal Department had given a target of making of 66 villages, but we were able to make 753 villages”, he said.
IPPB was launched in the state in September 1 last year and 3,37,296 accounts have been opened by the end of September this year with total transaction of Rs 9.41-crore, sources said.
As it is gaining good response from the public, particularly youths, CPMG said they have set a target to make 3000 villages as saksham gram this year.
‘We are trying to achieve this target this year too” , he added.
Of the total, 73 villages under Berhampur postal division were declared saksham gram where the account holders operate the accounts on their own though they are not technically savvy, said a senior officer of Berhampur Postal Division.
IPPB has set up 33 branches covering all the districts in the state with 7000 Banking Access points equipped with several doorstep banking service providers like micro-ATM devices (Smartphone and biometric device) to provide a full suite of banking services including cash deposits, withdrawal, account opening, money transfers, bill payments and DBT distribution at the customers’ doorstep, he said.