Uttar Pradesh state government has completed the first ever technology driven process for selecting 58,000 women for as many posts of banking correspondent Sakhis. CM Adityanath has ordered the rural development and panchayati raj departments to go ahead with the training of 58,000 women banking correspondent (BC) Sakhis before they begin their job. A total of 58,000 gram panchayats in the state will have a BC Sakhi each.
The Chief Minister said in a statement, "Once the BC Sakhis begin working, it will help a lot of the villagers in their banking related needs. BC Sakhis will function from their village's panchayat bhavan". Additional chief secretary, rural development and panchayati raj department, Manoj Kumar Singh, said that the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) will now train these BC Sakhis prior to their work. The state government has conducted the mobile app-based recruitment process amid the Covid-19 pandemic in a state-wide exercise.
The recruitment started in the month of June. In the last three weeks, the panel interviewed the shortlisted applicants via their smart phones through the BC Sakhi mobile app. "BC Sakhis, using technology, will take banking to the doorsteps of families in their respective villages," said additional chief secretary Manoj Kumar Singh. In the Technology driven recruitment process, the UP government had launched a mobile app to use right from application to interviews and final selection. A BC Sakhi would get Rs 4,000 per month as honorarium and a one-time Rs 75,000 easy installment loan for tech hardware and installation.