New Delhi: Of the nearly 44 crore Jan Dhan bank account holders in the country, more than 55 per cent are women account holders, the Finance Ministry informed Parliament on Monday.

There are as many as 43.90 crore beneficiaries of the PMJDY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana) account holders in the country as of November 17, 2021, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Of these, as many as 24.42 crore are female beneficiaries as informed by the banks, which comprises 55.60 per

cent of the total PMJDY accounts, he added. When asked about the number of people benefitted from this scheme in Gujarat, he said there are a total of 1.65 crore beneficiaires in Gujarat, of which 0.84 crore (51 per cent) are the women bank account holders.

The government had announced the PMJDY on August 15, 2014, under the National Mission on Financial Inclusion with a view to increasing banking penetration, promote financial inclusion and provide at least one bank account per household across the country.

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