J&K Bank deserves our appreciation for all the initiatives it has undertaken in the state to empower individuals and entrepreneurs from the very grass-root level.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said this while launching the J&K Bank's KHIDMAT CENTRE initiative besides the inauguration of Khidmat centre at Beehama, Ganderbal.
Omar said, "Efforts like these which are focused on the effective delivery system of services across the state really enhance the functional capacity of good governance. This is real service (Khidmat of the people of Jammu and Kashmir".
Earlier, Chairman and CE J&K Bank, Dr Haseeb A Drabu gave a complete demonstration of Khidmat initiative. He apprised the CM in detail about its aims and objectives.
Dr Drabu said, "J&K Bank will set up 1109 such centres across the state in a phased manner. With this launch today, 300 such Khidmat centres spread across various districts of the state have gone online. We have almost completed the process of identifying the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE's)
"The initiative serves two important purposes that people of J&K are in need of. First, it generates employment besides encouraging entrepreneurship. Second, it helps to bring the state on the IT map which is the objective of national e-governance project", he said.
Chief Minister was accompanied to the event by Member Parliament Shareef-ud-din Shariq, MoS for Tourism and Development Nassir Aslam Wani, Political Advisors Mubarak Gul and Devinder Singh Rana.
People of the area hailed the bank's effort.
These Common Services Centres (CSC), now known as Khidmat centres will provide multitude of services ranging in the areas of education, health, agriculture, commercial, retail etc.
Online services like air/railway ticketing, internet surfing, financial services, Result/Exam notifications, e-learning etc would be provided at these centres at affordable charges.
Besides, many off-line services will also be offered like Desktop Publishing (DTP), Digital Photography, Scanning and CD writing, JK Bank loan documentation, Mobile Bills recharging
Top officials of the Bank present on the occasion were Presidents J&K Bank G A Regoo, Abdul Rashid, vice president Khursheed Pandit, PA to Chairman Syed Rais Maqbool, Cluster Head Mohd. Amin Khan and Branch Head Ganderbal.