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Women Jan Dhan Account Holders To Get Second Rs 500 Instalment From Monday Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

New Delhi: 

Women Jan Dhan bank account holders will start getting the second installment of Rs 500 from Monday, in line with the announcement made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in March. To help the poor tide over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the government had on March 26 announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 500 to women Jan Dhan account holders for the next three months, starting April.

“Instalment of Rs.500 for the month of May has been sent to the bank accounts of PMJDY women beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package,” Financial Services Secretary Debasish Panda said on Twitter on Saturday.

“Beneficiaries are requested to follow the schedule shared below to visit banks & CSPs. Money can also be withdrawn via ATMs & BCs,” he said.

The transfer has been staggered over a period of five days to avoid the rush at the bank branches. This will help in ensuring social distancing and avoid overcrowding in banks, he said.

According to the schedule, women account holders under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan scheme having account numbers with the last digit as 0 and 1 will get the money in their account on May 4, while accounts ending with 2 or 3 can approach the bank on May 5.

On May 6, beneficiaries with account numbers ending with 4 or 5 can collect their money, while accounts ending with 6 or 7 may withdraw on May 8.

The last tranche would be remitted on May 11 for account numbers ending with 8 or 9, the tweet said.

In case of emergency, one can withdraw the money immediately. However, for orderly disbursal, one must follow the banks’ payment plan, it said. Beneficiaries may withdraw any day at their convenience after May 11, it added.

Beneficiaries are encouraged to use the neighborhood ATMs with RuPay cards, Bank Mitras, and customer service points (CSPs) as much as possible to avoid crowding at the branches, it said.

“Please note that there will be no charges for withdrawing money from other bank ATMs, at present, as per the government directives,” it said.

In April, as many as 20.05 crore women Jan Dhan account holders received Rs 500 each in their accounts as the first installment. The total disbursement under the head was Rs 10,025 crore as of April 22.

In a bid to mitigate the hardship caused by the coronavirus crisis, the government in late March announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus package comprising free foodgrains and cooking gas to poor and cash doles to poor women and elderly.

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