1. Earlier in 2012, State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC) Convenors were asked to prepare a roadmap to provide banking services in all unbanked villages with population less than 2,000.
    
2. For increasing bank penetration and financial inclusion, brick and mortar branches are an integral component and said RBI has decided to focus on villages with population above 5,000 without a bank branch of a scheduled commercial bank.
    
3. Accordingly, SLBC Convener banks are advised to identify villages with population above 5,000 without a bank branch of a scheduled commercial bank in their state.
    
"The opening of bank branches under this Roadmap should be completed by March 31, 2017," RBI said.

4. SLBC Convenor Banks may accord top priority to this roadmap and ensure completion of allotment of villages within the prescribed timelines, it added.
    
5. The identified villages may be allotted among scheduled commercial banks, including regional rural banks, for opening of branches, RBI said.
    
6. It would help in sustaining and strengthening services provided through BCs and also ensure close supervision of BC operations, RBI said.

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