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09/04/2015

Demands for Bribes and Other Barriers Get in Way of Modi’s Banking Push for the Poor – India Real Time – WSJ

Firozaben, a nurse at an upscale clinic here, opened an account at the state-owned Bank of Baroda Ltd. in December, attracted by the promise of an overdraft provision and accident- and life-insurance policies—all for no fee, courtesy of a government program to bring India’s masses into the banking system.

The same month, Mohammad Assalam Ansari, a tailor, traveled to an account-opening “boot camp” run by the bank. He says he had to pay 100 rupees before a clerk would give him an application form. Despite this, he says his application was rejected; he isn’t sure why.

Their stories reflect both the promise and the weakness of an ambitious program by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to widen access to financial services to the country’s poor. The goal is to make India less cash dependent, shrink the black economy, reduce corruption and boost growth.

via Demands for Bribes and Other Barriers Get in Way of Modi’s Banking Push for the Poor – India Real Time – WSJ.

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