The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) is rolling out a pilot project at Warangal in Andhra Pradesh to offer biometric cards in rural region of India.
Union Bank of India, SBI, Andhra Bank and UTI Bank are participating in this project. Under the pilot project, each bank will appoint a village business facilitator to identify account holders before offering biometric cards to villagers for use at the terminals deployed in the area. The Government can use the channel to route statutory payments like wages to the rural poor under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. Initially, the pilot project will reach around 50,000 villagers. The pilot project will start on February 15 and will be monitored for three months before it is taken to other areas.