DARPAN launched for financial inclusion of rural population

Minister of communications Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) aimed at realising financial inclusion of un-banked rural population. The IT modernisation project, having an outlay of Rs 1400 crore, intends to provide a low power technology solution to each branch postmaster (BPM) which will enable each of approximately 1.29 lakhs branch post offices (BOs) to improve service delivery.

DARPAN offers core banking services. The core banking application covers following services: cash deposit in savings bank (SB) and recurring deposit (RD), withdrawal from savings bank, new account opening for SB and RD, higher value withdrawal.

The application is used for the reimbursement of social security benefits to the needy across the country such as MNREGS, old age pension and DBT. As part of IT modernisation project, the department of posts (DoP) has carried out business process reengineering across various functional areas and has created to-be processes that will enable it to achieve these objectives.

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