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‘Centre to leave no stone unturned for Odisha’s development’
The people in Odisha are very simple, honest and hard working. The State is the abode of Lord Jagannath. But many people of the State are still poor. The Central Government is making every possible effort to improve the condition of the poor in the State. The Digidhan scheme is one of such initiatives, said Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurating the launch of the Digi Dhan scheme here on Monday.
Prabhu said earlier banking services were only meant for the rich. But after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister many poor people have opened their bank accounts. The Digidhan scheme is meant for the small traders and the common people.
Everybody can avail this scheme and no more there is fear of thieves. If one loses the card, then a new one can be provided. Earlier phones were status symbol. One had to literally scream over the telephone to be heard. Now everybody has a phone. But it was Prime Minister Modi’s vision to use it for digital payments. He assured the Union Government would leave no stone unturned to ensure Odisha’s growth and development. He further said products manufactured by the women of the State would be sold in the trains. Besides, tribal artifacts would be sold online.
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that with the demonetisation process 86 per cent of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination have been scrapped. While earlier digitized money transactions have grown from Rs 150 to Rs 400 per head in the country. HE informed that the Paralakhemundi railway station in Gajapati district would be turned into a full-fledged railway station.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the State Government is making every effort to ensure railway connectivity to all the districts in the State. The State Government is providing free land and half of the cost for the railway projects in the State. The Union Ministers also launched a slew of projects in the State flagged off the trains which were extended. ECoR GM Umesh Singh was also present.
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