Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, aimed at promoting financial inclusion, has completed three years today. On 28 August 2014, PM Modi launched the scheme to ensure access to financial services, namely Banking Savings and Deposit Accounts, Remittance, Credit, Insurance, Pension for the common man. Modi announced the scheme on his first Independence Day speech on August 15, 2014. On Sunday, PM Modi and FM Arun Jaitley listed the achivements of the financial inclusion campaign. PM Modi said at least 30 crore new families have got Jan Dhan accounts in which almost Rs 65,000 crore have been deposited. Banks have conducted surveys about how the common man has benefitted from Jan Dhan Yojna as also from insurance schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna, from RuPay Card and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna and these surveys have thrown up “inspiring stories”. “In a way, this is a saving for the poor, this is his empowerment for the future. And those who opened their accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojna, have received the benefit of insurance as well,” the PM said. In a Facebook post, FM Jaitley said JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) trinity has ushered in a social revolution which will eventually bring all Indians into a common financial, economic and digital space, similar to how GST has created a unified market. “Just as GST created one tax, one market, one India, the PMJDY and the JAM revolution can link all Indians into one common financial, economic, and digital space. No Indian will be outside the mainstream, ” the FM said. “Within reach of the country is what might be called the 1 billion-1 billion-1 billion vision. That is 1 billion unique Aadhaar numbers linked to 1 billion bank accounts and 1 billion mobile phones. Once that is done, all of India can become part of the financial and digital mainstream,” he said. Noting that JAM is nothing short of a social revolution, the Finance Minister said it offers substantial benefits for government, the economy and especially the poor. Highlighting the benefits, he said the poor will have access to financial services and be cushioned against life’s major shocks while government finances will be improved because of the reduced subsidy burden and weeding out of leakages from the system.


Vijay Deverakonda’s romantic drama Arjun Reddy has opened to rave reception from critics and fans. The film, that released on Friday, is running to packed houses in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Notably, Arjun Reddy has attracted a lot of youngsters, thanks to Vijay’s brilliant speech at the pre-release event of the film.
Interestingly, Arjun Reddy has impressed ace filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, who lavished praise on Facebook. He wrote, “I always believed that all the heroes of today are very heavily dependent upon slow motion and ramping shots aided with ear splitting background music to appear heroic. Vijay Deverakonda is the first and only actor I ever saw who looks like a hero without the help of any slow motion or ramping shots. His eyes and his voice themselves emanate a built in background music from within himself.”
Drawing similarities with megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Hollywood actor Al Pacino, RGV said, “The truth is this that the moment the camera comes to 24 frames there’s rarely an actor who can live up to the technical emotion created by varying camera speeds and background music. Vijay is the first actor I saw apart from Amitabh Bachchan who could live up to that same level of intensity without the aide of any cinematic techniques.
“I think Vijay Devarakonda is a combination of a young Amitabh Bachchan and a young Al Pacino and I strongly believe that he will be the trendsetter prototype for a new age hero. He will be for sure the Amitabh Bachchan of the TFI for a long long time and definitely the first Mega Star of Telangana State.”
Arjun Reddy previously made headlines after senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao tore the posters of the film. Reacting to the incident, Vijay Deverakonda took to Facebook and asked Rao to just “chill”.