The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the J&K Bank, facilitating categorisation of the state government employees as preferential clients of the Bank, entitled to a slew of benefits, under various banking facilities.
The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary on behalf of J&K Government and Chairman and CEO J&K Bank Parvez Ahmad.
Mr. Choudhary termed the MoU as a significant arrangement, which will further strengthen the relationship between the state and the bank. The J&K Bank is the only bank in the country where the state government is a shareholder. "Not only the state government but all the government employees are the shareholders of the bank," he said.
Mr Navin said the government will provide updated and verified data from its Centralized Personalized Information System (CPIS) about all the employees to the bank, which will help the later to provide various facilities to the employees at ease and without need of further verification.
The Principal Secretary Finance appreciated the bank for its outstanding performance and being the first and only listed large company in the state. The Bank is far ahead of other financial institutions when it comes to Credit Deposit Ratio which stands at 74% as against below 50% ratio of other banks operating in the state, he said.
Mr. Choudhary asked the bank to further upgrade its facilities in line with world class banking and to resolve the issue of non-working of JK Bank card on various online platforms.
Around 4.5 lakh State Government employees comprise bank's largest client base and the latest arrangement will further strengthen the bonds between the two institutions,Chairman J&K Bank said.
The Secretariat employees will receive discount of 75per cent basis point and other state government employees will get discount of 50 per cent point while availing loans from the bank, the chairman further said.
Furthermore, after applying for loan facility via Bank's App or on phone, the loan will be credited to beneficiary account in as little as two hours' time. "The employees don't even need to visit any branch of the bank and all loan processing charges will be waived off," said Parvez. "There will be no fee for opening of bank account and added facilities include maintaining zero balance account, free debit card, free online banking, concession on transaction fee, enhanced ATM usage etc.He said the employees will also get discounted locker facility ranging from zero fee to fifty percent discount.
The Chairman said that 35 per cent of bank's State portfolio which amounts to around Rs 6000 crore comes from the government employees and the MoU is aimed to derive mutual benefits and increase the portfolio size. He said the bank has already put a similar mechanism in pace JK Police and has successfully increased the client base from 25000 to 45000 among the police department only.
The Chairman said JK Bank is committed to the socio-economic development of the State and it believes in carrying its people ahead in the march of progress. "When the people progress and State develops, the Bank will automatically achieve newer heights," said the Chairman.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials, representatives of various departments and banks.
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