Kids in This MP District Have Saved Rs 1 Crore in ‘Piggy Bank’ Savings Accounts!
Under this unique scheme, the gullak (piggy banks) accounts can be opened at local cooperative banks with just Rs 1!
Going by the televisions ads, online pop-ups and radio jingles, the general impression is that all parents are extremely concerned about their child’s financial future.
But what if the onus of a secure financial future is also on the child?
Soil-Less Strawberries to Hydroponic Figs: Ratlam Brothers Reap Success With Hi-Tech Nursery
Brothers Arvind and Ravindra Dhakad operate a hi-tech nursery in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh. They use innovative techniques like hydroponics and aeroponics to grow various crops such as tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and even strawberries.Read more >
In a positive development coming out of Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district, a small savings scheme initiated by the State government, has become very popular with nearly 6,000 children depositing ₹1 crore in their ‘piggy savings accounts’ over 11 years, reports the Press Trust of India.
Speaking to PTI, Krishnakumar Soni, the Chhindwara District Cooperative Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said, “Since the launch of Arunodaya Gullak Yojana in 2007, around 6,000 children deposited ₹1 crore in the gullaks (piggy banks) that were given to them by 26 cooperative banks at various branches. Banks are also giving loans on these deposits for purposes like pursuing higher study, setting up businesses, for marriage, and other goals in life.”
According to this government scheme, the parents of a child can open a piggy bank savings account at the time of their birth with just ₹ 1.
“After opening the account, a ‘gullak’ with two keys is given to the child. While the account-holder keeps one of the keys the other key is kept with the bank concerned,” added Soni. “As per the procedure, the piggy bank is opened only when two keys are used simultaneously.”
These accounts are jointly owned by the child and his/her parents with banks offering a reasonable 8% interest.
“Deposits between ₹2,000 and ₹5,000 are turned into fix deposits which fetch a higher interest for children,” said another official to PTI.
Children in this Madhya Pradesh district have ended up saving amounts ranging from ₹17,000 to ₹25,000. “I started depositing money in the piggy bank when I was just a child. This habit has helped me save more than ₹25,759,” said Anil Shrivastava (13) who lives in Civil Lines area of Chhindwara town, to PTI.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
After Visiting Drought-Prone Villages, 23-YO Plants 3 Lakh Trees in Three Years
Vishal Srivastava from Madhya Pradesh realised the importance of afforestation after visiting many drought-prone villages during his BTech studies and decided to plant as many tree saplings as he possibly can.Read more >
Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!
This story made me
Tell Us More
Woman Helps 1200 Farmers Go Organic, Earns Profits in Lakhs Selling Their Produce
Pratibha Tiwari, a farmer and entrepreneur from Madhya Pradesh, launched Bhumisha Organics to encourage hundreds of farmers to take up organic cultivation and help them sell their produce across the country.Read more >