Odisha govt plans state-wide campaign on digital payment

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Odisha government will soon launch a state-wide awareness campaign on digital payment at the grassroots level. The government plans to engage students having a smartphone as volunteer under the drive by paying them commission.

The campaign will start from Bhubaneswar before being extended to other urban areas and villages. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by finance secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey on December 7, proceedings of the meeting released on Saturday said.

The volunteers will register people who are not using digital payments and train them. They will get their commission (which is yet to be decided) after successful first digital transaction by persons trained by them. It will be tracked thorough a management information system (MIS) mechanism.

The government plans to install point of sale (POS) machines in all government cash counters including the fair price shops where subsidized rice and wheat are sold. Of the around 9000 POS machines required for these ships, 1013 will be installed by SBI by January-end.

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