Enables an average monthly business of ~3.5 million transactions worth more than Rs. 775 Crores in the 115 Aspirational Districts of India. India’s largest agent banking network is committed to nation building as it propels to the next stage of growth and scale.
Mumbai, 21st August 2019: On the 73rd anniversary of independence, India has a lot to applaud for. Today, India is recognized as one of the fastest growing large economies in the world and aim to be a USD 5 trillion economy by 2022. The country has taken huge strides in enterprise and technology across all walks of life, including commerce, education, science, financial inclusion and more.
However, in spite of the advancements, the large divide that existed between the haves and the have nots continue to concern the economy. The rapid adoption of technology and the subsequent benefits are concentrated among the fortunate ~10% of the country’s population, making the digital divide more pronounced. The need of the hour is to create an ecosystem that paves the way for a more inclusive growth, where the benefits of innovation and progress reaches the masses and ensures prosperity for all.
To ensure broad based economic growth and the overall transformation of India, NITI Aayog in early 2018 had launched the Aspirational District Program. The program identified 115 most backward districts of the country and aimed to quickly and effectively transform them. One of the key areas identified to enable development in these regions, was financial inclusion and skill development.
A catalytic set-up under DIPP’s fintech category, PayNearby, an organization conceived to provide the last mile access to Bharat, has done some outstanding grass root level work in these Aspirational Districts. Through its “Har Dukaan Digital Pradhan” campaign, the company has worked closely with retailers in these regions, and brought them to the forefront of financial inclusion, with guidance from RASCI – the Retailer Association Skill Council of India. The work done by PayNearby has enabled financial inclusion worth Rs. 775 Crores to the citizens in these districts through 35 Lakh transactions in the month of June 2019 alone.
The company’s vision tackles two very important issues that can uplift the country’s financial stature: upskilling and creating earning opportunities for retailer partners while enabling financial inclusion for the masses. Retailing which accounts for more than 8% of the country’s employment and has the social reach to make meaningful changes, has been provided with the tools, technology and training to offer a range of products to their local communities including Aadhaar banking, bank savings, insurance, access to government schemes and many more.
Commenting on this contribution, Mr. Anand Kumar Bajaj, Founder & CEO, PayNearby remarked, “Our vision is to create a business that not only stands strong on unit economics, but also contributes to nation building. Our scalable, easy to use technology combined with a committed task force has ensured that PayNearby has a far reaching social contribution as it goes about its daily business.
Today, from Muzaffarpur to Maldah, and Raichur to Rajnandgaon, including the most backward districts of the county, including Khagaria, PayNearby has successfully enabled the availability of essential services including financial inclusion products in more than 16,700 PIN codes. Our Digital Pradhans, who form the heart of our business, have been trained and equipped with the tools and technology that allow them to expand their business and transient from just a retail store to much more.
As of July 2019, close to 600,000 retailers have signed up on the PayNearby platform and service 5 crore plus customers, with a monthly transactional value of Rs. 4,000 Crore and upwards. We will continue to work with NPCI, bank partners, financial institutions and other stakeholders to ensure basic services including financial inclusion products are made available and affordable to every Indian.”
About Nearby Technologies Pvt. Ltd.:
Incepted in April 2016, Nearby Technologies is a fintech offering digital financial/non-financial services to the underbanked and unbanked segment. Nearby Technologies works on a B2B2C model through its various brands – PayNearby, InsureNearby, BuyNearby and few more. PayNearby empowers retailers at the first mile to offer digital services to local communities, thereby boosting financial inclusion in India. Retailers are empowered with a whole host of essential services, including Aadhaar based banking services, Bank Savings, Bill Payments, Card Payments, and Insurance services among others.
It was founded by Anand Kumar Bajaj, Subhash Kumar, Yashwant Lodha & Rajesh Jha who bring with them rich experience in banking, payments and financial sector. A DIPP-certified Fintech start-up, PayNearby is funded by Roha Group, the Tibrewala family owned Billion Dollar conglomerate with interests in various sector. The company has partnered with various banks, financial institutions and NPCI to make financial inclusion a reality in India at the grass root level. It is the sole technology provider using Aadhaar Enabled Payment Services (AEPS) and IMPS to YES Bank.