past three years, nearly 700 million adults became part of financial inclusion services around the world, according to a World Bank report. This has brought down the number of unbanked individuals to 2 billion. Financial inclusion is measured by Global Findex, a World Bank agency, as having an account that allows adults to store money and make or receive electronic payments. It is critical to ending global poverty. "Access to financial services can serve as a bridge out of poverty. We have set a hugely ambitious goal — universal financial access by 2020—and now we have evidence that we are making major progress," said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. However, the report did not take into account India's effort to financially include 130 million people last year. The country's effort started in August 2014 and went on till January 26, 2015. It will be considered in the next report.