BHUBANESWAR:Governor SC Jamir on Saturday launched three social security schemes - Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana in the State - as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched these schemes from Kolkata.
Describing these initiatives as epoch-making, the Governor said these schemes are part of the financial inclusion programme of the Centre which will help the poor people and people in the unorganised sector who are not covered under insurance or pension schemes.
The welfare schemes were launched at a State level function organised by UCO Bank, the convenor of the State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) here.
Addressing the function, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said these social security schemes will prove as a boon for the people living below the poverty line. He called upon Banks and insurance companies operating in the State to give wide publicity about the schemes and encourage people to take advantage of these welfare programmes.
Pradhan said the enrollment so far under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) is 13,71,998 while the number under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is 1,78,105. He requested banks and insurance companies to ensure that all people eligible under these welfare schemes are extended the benefit.
He said launch of such ambitious financial schemes will give a push to the Indian economy by financial inclusion of people.
Minister for Women and Child Development Usha Devi, Chief Secretary GC Pati, local MP Prasanna Patsani and State and regional head of several commercial banks attended the programme.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram launched these schemes in Sambalpur while Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma launched the programmes in Berhampur.