Vol. 3, Issue 9 (2017)
Current scenario of financial inclusion in India
Author(s): E Dhowbika Begum, Dr. J Felicita
The banking industry has shown tremendous growth in volume and complexity during the last few decades. Despite making significant improvements in all the areas relating to financial viability, profitability and competitiveness, there are concerns that banks have not been able to include vast segment of the population, especially the underprivileged sections of the society, into the fold of basic banking services. Also efforts are being made internationally to study the causes of financial exclusion and designing strategies to ensure financial inclusion of the poor and disadvantaged. The reasons may vary from country to country and hence the strategy could also vary but efforts are being made as financial inclusion can truly lift the financial condition and standards of life of the poor and the disadvantaged. Financial inclusion is delivery of banking services at an affordable cost to the vast sections of disadvantaged and low income groups. As banking services are in the nature of public good, it is essential that availability of banking and payment services to the entire population without discrimination is the prime objective of the public policy.