Ummid Assistant

Jamia Millia launches courses on China, Afghanistan

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Business & Economy

Vodafone, HDFC Bank launch mobile banking in Rajasthan

Saturday November 26, 2011 06:48:06 PM, Priyanka Sahay, IANS

Chomu (Rajasthanr): Leading telecom service provider Vodafone India and private lender HDFC Bank Saturday launched "m-paisa", a mobile banking service in Rajasthan to enable millions of unbanked Indians perform basic banking transactions on their mobile phone.

"It is a great opportunity for a country like India to improve financial inclusion through mobile banking. It is a pioneering initiative modeled on the lines of Vodafone's m-paisa product running in three different countries of Africa, offering to more than 17 million people basic financial services beyond the reach of traditional banking," said Sunil Sood, director, business operations, Vodafone India.

"With our reach and ability to connect customers, we expect many million people to come into the banking fold through this service," he added.

This initiative will allow Vodafone's select retailers to act as HDFC's sub-agents through which customers can deposit and withdraw cash through their mobile phone without having to go to bank branches.

In Rajasthan where this national partnership has been implemented, over 2,200 retailers across 320 villages and 54 towns are operational in opening HDFC Bank mobile bank accounts with Vodafone m-paisa.

"There are 6,00,000 habitations but only about 89,000 bank branches in the country, making access to banking services difficult in remote areas. We feel that Vodafone's significant distribution reach will provide customers the security of financial transaction offered by bank," said Rahul Bhagat, country head, retail liabilities, marketing and direct banking channels, HDFC Bank.

The companies will expand the service pan-India in a phased manner by March-April next year and also have plans to deliver it in all the major languages gradually. Currently it is available only in English.

In order to open an account, a customer will have fill in a KYC (know your customer) form and submit it to the retail outlet authorised by Vodafone and then start availing service on fulfilment of the bank's formalities by dialing *135#.

Speaking about the security of the service, Reserve Bank of India deputy governor K.C. Chakrabarty, who launched the service, said: "We will be supervising HDFC Bank ... we have issued mobile banking guidelines. We want to ensure that efficient use of mobile technology takes place in financial inclusion."



(Priyanka Sahay can be reached at priyanka.sahay@ians.in)



 


 



 

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

Amid opposition, India declares retail trade open

The government Friday formally announced its decision to allow foreign equity in multi-brand retail industry despite strong protests  

FDI in retail will destroy livelihoods of 'crores', says CPI-M

Parliament adjourned again, this time on cabinet nod to FDI

Fact sheet on India's retail trade industry

 

  Most Read

Woman journalist arrested in Dey killing

A woman reporter with an English newspaper here was Friday arrested for alleged involvement in senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey's killing, police said. Jigna Vora had allegedly provided Dey's mobile number 

Islamic hardliners not serious threat in Kerala: Chandy

There are attempts by Islamic hardliners to radicalise Muslim youths in Kerala, but it is not a "serious situation", says Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. "Some attempts are there, but we are not in any serious situation or anything like that," Chandy replied when asked if there had been 

 

  News Pick

Three years after 26/11, India, Pakistan talk of new chapter

Three years after Pakistani terrorists unleashed mayhem in Mumbai, India and Pakistan are cautiously inching ahead to write  

Parliament's winter session: Protests wash out first week

The first week of parliament's winter session ended Friday without transacting any business due to unending protests over inflation, corruption and  

Occupy protesters celebrate Thanksgiving, residents donate meal

Occupy protesters across America celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, bringing all the trimmings of a traditional meal without any let up in the over two month old movement against  

 

Picture of the Day

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, unveiled the bust and the Marker of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at Asian Civilizations Museum, in Singapore on November 20, 2011.

(Photo: M. Asokan )

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.