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Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme Jan Dhan Yojna a flop show? World Bank numbers suggest so

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

There might be an increase in the number of bank accounts being opened in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme Jan Dhan Yojna, but the country suffers high dormancy rates, said a World Bank report.

The number of account holders in India has gone up to 12 crore but only 57 per cent of these accounts have been found to be active in real sense, according to the World Bank report.

“The dormancy rate in India is quite high at 43 per cent and accounts for about 195 million of the 460 million adults with a dormant account around the world,” the report said.

In August 2014, India launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana scheme for financial inclusion with the goal of helping unbanked with a bank account. The scheme now looks good only on papers with most families not making a use of it.

According to the report, opening of new accounts was only an initiative by the government to push its financial inclusion. Now we need to think again if this Jan Dhan Yojna is only an attempt by the government to prove its sincerity towards its promises.

Moreover, only 39 per cent of all account holders in India own a debit or an ATM card, it said.

The World Bank said: “18 per cent of adults in south Asia own a debit card, compared to 31 percent in developing countries on average.”

  • Kes

    The fact that most accounts are empty is a VERY good thing.

    1) It means that most accounts belong to poor people.

    2) It means these are new accounts.

    It will be easy to divert subsidies into these accounts, but it is heartening to know that these are genuine accounts of poor people.

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Social Video app TikTok Reaches 1.5 Billion Downloads Worldwide

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs.

In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads — six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per cent of all global installs.

China generated the second largest amount of downloads with 45.5 million, or 7.4 percent, while the US is No 3 with 37.6 million installs, or about 6 per cent, this year.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The figure does not include installs from third-party Android stores in the country, said Sensor Tower.

TikTok with 614 million downloads currently is the third-most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, behind WhatsApp at the top with 707.4 million installs and Facebook Messenger at second spot with 636.2 million.

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Facebook is fourth with 587 million downloads and Instagram at fifth spot with 376.2 million.

To recall, TikTok crossed the 1 billion downloads milestone in February 2019, taking just under nine months to generate a further 500 million installs. (IANS)