Ministry for Development of North-East Region11-January, 2017 19:06 IST
Two-day Digidhan Mela inaugurated in Guwahati

 

The Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Digidhan Mela organized in Guwahati today. The two-day Digidhan Mela is being organised with an aim to enable citizens and merchants to familiarize and adopt real time digital transactions.

 

On the occasion, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launched “Toka Paisa” e-wallet for initiative towards cashless economy. The Mela is being organized by the Government of Assam in collaboration with IT Department and NITI Aayog.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that demonetisation is a courageous decision taken by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The demonetisation decision has been taken in the interest of the poorest of the poor in the country, he added.   He also said that the North East Region has taken steps in the direction of cashless transactions after the demonetisation decision. The tea garden labourers are very happy to get exact wages without any cut in their earnings and they are happy to adopt cashless economy.  The cashless economy will also help to improve social behaviour as well as the economic management in the country, he said.

 

Shri Kiren Rijiju said that India is transforming and converting to digital transactions. The North East Region must give a hand to transforming India and for the development of nation. He said that the Digidhan Mela being organized in Assam is a historic movement in the North East Region along with entire India.

 

The Adviser to NITI Aayog, Shri Jitendra Kumar said the cashless transactions improve our economy and make it stronger. The Digidhan Mela will help motivate the common man towards cashless transactions.

 

More than a hundred stalls have been set-up by various Government departments,
banks, mobile wallet operators and other vendors. The stalls have been set up to educate people about the cashless transactions and to help them undertake digital transactions.

 

The State Government has organized an online contest to encourage the local community participation in the overall initiative on digital payment in the following categories: 


 (i) Slogan: Prize Money (1st prize: Rs.10,000/-, 2nd prize: Rs.7,500/-, 3rd prize: Rs.5,000/-)

(ii) Audio Jingle: Prize Money (1st prize: Rs.50,000/-, 2nd prize: Rs.30,000/-, 3rd prize: Rs.25,000/-)

(iii) Digital Poster: Prize Money (1st prize: Rs.50,000/-, 2nd prize: Rs.30,000/-, 3rd prize: Rs.25,000/-)

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