Deepak Jatav is a one-man bank for scores of people in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district who are not part of the banking system.
An adhikari, or a banking correspondent, for fintech firm Spice Money, Jatav, equipped with a biometric scanner, helps customers make cash deposits and use an Aadhaar-enabled payment system for withdrawal, loans, bill payments and sending money to family.
In the last few weeks, his role has expanded—to that of a vaccine evangelist. He is now the go-to person for anyone willing to take a coronavirus shot.
Outside his shop, Jatav has pasted a photograph of him taking the first jab. Before he carries out a transaction, he has one question for each of around 150 customers he gets in a day.