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INDIA POST LAUNCHES FIVE STAR VILLAGES SCHEME

Focus: GS-II Social Justice

Why in news?

  • The Department of Posts has launched a scheme called Five Star Villages, to ensure universal coverage of flagship postal schemes in rural areas of the country.
  • The scheme is being launched on pilot basis in Maharashtra, and based on the experience – it will be implemented nation-wide.

Five Star Villages Scheme

  • The Five Star Villages Scheme seeks to bridge the gaps in public awareness and reach of postal products and services, especially in interior villages.
  • All postal products and services will be made available and marketed and publicized at village level under this scheme.
  • Branch offices will function as one-stop shop to cater all post office – related needs of villagers.

The schemes covered under the Five Star scheme include:

  1. Savings Bank accounts, Recurrent Deposit Accounts, NSC / KVP certificates
  2. Sukanya Samridhi Accounts/ PPF Accounts
  3. Funded Post Office Savings Account linked India Post Payments Bank Accounts
  4. Postal Life Insurance Policy/Rural Postal Life Insurance Policy
  5. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana Account / Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana Account

How it works?

  • If a village attains universal coverage for four schemes from the above list, then that village gets four-star status; if a village completes three schemes, then that village get three-star status and so on.
  • The scheme will be implemented by a team of five Gramin Dak Sevaks who will be assigned a village for marketing of all products, savings and insurance schemes of the Department of Posts.
  • The team of Gramin Dak Sevaks will conduct door-to-door awareness campaign on all schemes, covering all eligible villagers. Wide publicity will be given by displaying the information on notice board of Branch Office.
  • The scheme progress and target achievement will be closely monitored at Circle, Regional and Divisional levels.
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