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Financial Inclusion Strategies For Inclusive Growth In India

Sarath Chandran, B.P. and Manju, T.K. (2010): Financial Inclusion Strategies For Inclusive Growth In India.

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Abstract

The two decades of post reform period in India witnessed transformation of the economy in to a higher growth plane signaling the arrival of the country in the global stage. But this robust growth failed to translate the economic well being of the large number of marginalized and excluded sections due to structural rigidities. For economic growth of a nation to be sustainable, it requires all sections of the society included and participates in the growth process. One of the many alternative strategies available for Inclusive Growth is through developing an Inclusive Financial System. Financial inclusion is useful to facilitate economic transaction, manage day today resources, improve quality of life, protect against vulnerability, make productivity enhancing investments and leverage assets. But the indicators of financial use in the country are very poor and there is wide inequality among different sections of the society, between rural and urban areas and between geographical areas. In this context, the paper builds the case for developing inclusive financial system for achieving inclusive economic growth in India. The rationale for inclusive financial system, taking banking services to the vulnerable sections, role of micro finance institutions in spreading financial literacy and the role of technology in taking financial services available & affordable to the poor are discussed in the paper.

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