FINANCIAL INCLUSION INDEX

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Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance will release an Annual Financial Inclusion Index (FII) which will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products. The index will have three measurement dimensions - 1.) access to financial services, 2.)usage of financial services and 3.)quality. The single composite index gives idea about level of financial inclusion that would guide macro policy perspective. It will also help to measure financial services for use of internal policy making. FII can also be used directly as a composite measure in development indicators. It enables fulfilment of G20 Financial Inclusion Indicators requirements. It will also facilitate researchers to study the impact of financial inclusion and other macro-economic variables.

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