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Five Star Villages Scheme

Five Star Villages Scheme

Context:

The Department of Posts has launched a scheme called Five Star Villages.

Objective: To ensure universal coverage of flagship postal schemes in rural areas of the country.

About the Scheme:

  • The scheme seeks to bridge the gaps in public awareness and reach of postal products and services, especially in interior villages.
  • Under the scheme, all postal products and services will be made available and marketed and publicized at the village level
  • Branch offices will function as a one-stop-shop to cater to all post-office-related needs of villagers.
  • The schemes covered under the Five Star scheme include:
    • Savings Bank accounts, Recurrent Deposit Accounts, NSC / KVP certificates,
    • Sukanya Samridhi Accounts/ PPF Accounts,
    • Funded Post Office Savings Account linked India Post Payments Bank Accounts,
    • Postal Life Insurance Policy/Rural Postal Life Insurance Policy and
    • Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana Account / Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana Account.
  • If a village attains universal coverage for four schemes from the above list, then that village gets four-star status;
  • If a village completes three schemes, then that village gets three-star status and so on.

Coverage:

  • The scheme is being launched on a pilot basis in Maharashtra; based on the experience here, it will be implemented nation-wide.
  • The entire state of Maharashtra will be covered under the scheme. 

Implementation:

  • The scheme will be implemented by a team of five Gramin Dak Sevaks who will be assigned a village for the marketing of all products, savings, and insurance schemes of the Department of Posts.
  • This team will be headed by the Branch Post Master of the concerned Branch Office. 

Campaign:

  • The team of Gramin Dak Sevaks will conduct a door-to-door awareness campaign on all schemes, covering all eligible villagers.
  • The team will display the information on the notice board of the Branch Office. Prominent places like Panchayat Offices, schools, village dispensaries, bus depots, markets will be given more attention.

Source: PIB