Jamshedpur, Jan.11: CM Raghubar Das on Wednesday announced that the government will be providing over 12,000 point of sale (POS) machines after talks with banks to retail outlets and PDS shops in rural parts of the state. He also assured that the Government is working on improving connectivity in terms of mobile networks. The Chief Minister also motivated people to start cashless transactions in whatever possible.
Das was addressing a function on spreading greater awareness on benefits of cashless transaction at Laxminagar Football Ground at Laxminagar in Telco.
“We must adapt to cashless transaction. It is safe and reliable. It should be carried out wherever possible and the government is serious on improving infrastructure required for cashless transactions,” he noted.
The Chief Minister also appreciated the social organisation Faith in India, which is carrying out awareness amongst women in urban slums about cashless transactions. He also donated Rs 2 lakh from his fund.
“ I am here to motivate their efforts. I would like the organisation to undertake similar awareness drive about cashless transactions in major areas like Sakchi, Bistupur and Telco so that people adopt for this method in large number as it reduces chances of tax evasion and will add to state and central revenue,” said Das.
He also said that the education department has asked colleges and varsities to ask students to carry out awareness drive on cashless transactions in their locality. The Chief Minister also claimed that Maoists activities in the state have decreased after demonetisation.
Expressing confidence to achieve Government’s target of making the state open defecation free (ODF) by 2018, das noted that state’s leading private sector units have been asked to join hands for constructing toilets in rural pockets of two districts of East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum under the Swachh Bharat Mission objective of construction of toilets.
“We have asked companies to construct toilets in rural pockets which are yet to have the facility through their CSR spending. We are committed to make the state ODF by 2018 and we will also take help from corporate sectors in achieving this objective which would see construction of around 30 lakh toilets across the state,” said Das.
The chief minister further said that similar talks have been held with other public sector units (PSUs) for adopting districts and completing construction of toilets using their CSR spending.