Anticipating INDIA bloc victory, women in Bengaluru rush to open India Post accounts to get ₹8,500 per month

A woman said everyone in her neighbourhood was saying that money would start coming from the day the account was opened.

ByPTI

Published May 29, 2024 | 5:16 PMUpdatedMay 29, 2024 | 5:17 PM

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An otherwise silent General Post Office in Bengaluru is witnessing an unprecedented rush of women hurrying to open India Post Payment Bank accounts, anticipating a monthly deposit of ₹8,500 into their accounts if the INDIA bloc comes to power at the Centre.

The elections are still in the process but women, largely from the minority communities sporting burqas, stood in long queues to open the account.

Some of them believed that opening the IPPB account would ensure that they get ₹8,500 per month.

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Women in queue

A woman said she stood in queue early in the morning itself. Another said everyone in her neighbourhood was saying that money would start coming from the day the account was opened, so she too came to open an account.

Most of the women PTI spoke to were from Shivajinagar, Chamarajpet and surrounding places in the city.

Talking to reporters, Chief Post Master of GPO Bengaluru HM Manjesh said people have been coming to the office to open IPPB accounts in the belief that the Department of Post would credit ₹2,000 or ₹8,500 into their accounts.

“Actually it is a rumour. Somebody has spread this rumour. The department will not pay any amount to them. However, this account can be used for any type of online transaction or even Direct Benefit (Transfer) scheme,” Manjesh clarified.

He said that the department had already informed the customers about this. “We have displayed some posters also. In spite of that, customers are requesting that we open IPPB accounts for them.”

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More counters opened

There was such a rush that more counters were opened outside the GPO building, under the open sky, he added.

“Earlier we used to open 50 to 60 accounts in a counter. Now we have made separate arrangements. We have brought our postmen for this purpose and regularly we are opening around 500 to 600 accounts, sometimes even 1,000 accounts in a day,” Manjesh said.

According to sources in the department, this rush has been witnessed for the past three days. It is learnt that some Congress MLAs spread the rumours, believing that the women made a beeline for the GPO.

The MLAs said that the women will start getting money after 4 June “when the INDIA bloc will come to power”.

The Congress has made a promise to launch the Mahalakshmi scheme under which ₹8,500 will be directly credited into the account of women heads of families belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.

It is similar to the Gruha Lakshmi guarantee scheme started by the Karnataka government in which ₹2,000 is paid to women heads of BPL families.

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