Jana Small Finance Bank to bring more than 45 Lakh customers into banking ecosystem
Jana Small Finance Bank announced the commercial launch of its banking operations. In line with Government of India and Reserve Bank of India’s ‘Financial Inclusion’ agenda, the transition from a micro finance company to a bank is set to enable more than 45 lakh existing loan customers of Jana Small Finance Bank to come into banking ecosystem by the end of 2018.
True to its slogan – ‘Paise ki Kadar’ i.e. value for money, the bank is truly focused on providing better returns on its customer’s hard-earned money and hence is set to offer an inaugural rate of 8.5 percent on Fixed Deposits for 366 days. For senior citizens, the rate is up to 9.1 percent for the same tenor. Also, to further value its Group Loan Customers’ hard-earned money, the bank will offer zero-balance – Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account.
Present at the launch event, Chief Guest Mr. R Gandhi, Former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India said, “I am delighted to be here for the launch of Jana Small Finance Bank and happy to note the progress it has made from a MFI to a Bank. I wish the bank all the best and success in its mission to boost financial inclusion in India.”
Mr. Ramesh Ramanathan, Non-Executive Chairman, Jana Small Finance Bank said, “The full-scale commercial launch of our banking operations enables us to fulfil our promise of being a full-service financial institution to millions of our customers. Our combination of scale combined with robust technology, allows us to be a nationwide local bank to our customers, deeply embedded in the communities we serve. Financial inclusion continues to be a major challenge in India, not just for the poor but the aspirational middle class as well as for the millions of micro and small enterprises.” He added, “We, at Jana Small Finance Bank, are committed to playing our part in this nation-building endeavour, and fulfilling our stated vision to be the leading digitized bank of an aspirational India serving all customers and communities.”
Mr. Ajay Kanwal, MD & CEO, Jana Small Finance Bank said, “Jana Bank is excited about its journey to partner an aspirational India grow especially in the rural and unbanked sector. This sector is large, challenging and has great opportunities for a bank dedicated on this mission. We are also delighted that we will give opportunities for banking careers in approximately 500+ districts that we plan to serve across India. Given our experience, we aim to be a household name serving all needs of our customers, both individuals and businesses.” For more than a decade, the Jana team has been striving to provide access to formal financial system. Recently, Capital Finance International (CFI.co), London, acknowledged this contribution of Jana team and adjudged it as The Best Inclusive Financial Service – India 2018.”