Chandigarh: HDFC Bank, country's second largest private sector lender, on Thursday opened 36 branches in Haryana, including 26 in rural areas.

The new branches were inaugurated by state's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh, who also launched the bank's 'Bharat' credit Card for farmers, an official release said in Chandigarh, adding that these new branches will take the bank's total branches in the state to 163.

Hooda appreciated the bank's plan to open 30 more branches in the state by the end of this financial year. He said that expansion of banking network along with decentralisation of operations would improve the access to banking services and reduce transaction costs for the clients.

Speaking on the occasion, Aditya Puri, MD, HDFC Bank, said the launch of rural branches would further facilitate financial inclusion across the country and reflects the bank's commitment towards the upliftment of rural areas of the state.


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