JALUKBARI, Dec 5 - A State-level digital banking awareness programme was organised by the SBI North Eastern Circle in collaboration with the Government of Assam and NSS Cell, Gauhati University today at the Phanidhar Datta Seminar Hall.
PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, North Eastern Circle in his welcome address called upon the NSS volunteers to take up digital banking awareness wholeheartedly and make the general people aware about net banking, mobile banking, etc. He said India is going through great transition and “this is a great opportunity for us to bridge the digital literacy gap.”
He also urged each volunteer to teach at least ten ignorant people about mobile banking, internet banking etc. “State Bank of India is committed in helping the state level digital banking awareness,” he said.
The chief guest of the awareness programme, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his regret that the recent step had greatly affected the people who are now finding it difficult in going through cashless transaction. He however said, “The awareness campaign in digital banking is being carried out throughout the country. Likewise, in around 180 schools of Assam, digital awareness programme on cashless transaction is scheduled to be held with the support of the employees of SBI and NSS volunteers.”
Sonowal added that all sections of society, especially the media, are playing a great role in minimising the problems accruing from demonetisation which is a step against corruption. He also spoke about the use of space technology in realising the dream of Digital India. To use this technology, there is a need to increase the digital literacy rate. He called for participation of each and every business entity, employees of the state and regional banks and all literate people including students to enhance awareness for the success in adopting cashless transaction easily across the State.
Naba Kumar Doley Minister of State (Ind) for Sports and Youth Welfare, who was present at the awareness programme, urged the NSS cadres who represent youth India, to extend their cooperation in eradication of corruption, to tackle which demonetisation was taken up.
Considering the present situation and also to boost the Central government’s drive towards a cashless economy, SBI North Eastern Circle has come up with a massive awareness campaign on all its products and facilities available on digital banking platform. An arrangement has been made with the education department to work jointly by engaging NSS cadres in various schools and colleges in the State.
More than two hundred NSS volunteers attended the programme where various aspects of digital banking products of SBI were discussed like mobile wallet Buddy, SBI Pay, Cash @ Point of Sale etc. and the volunteers were trained with operational features of these applications.
The programme was attended among others by State Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia and Ajay Tiwari, Commissioner & Secretary, Sports & Wealth Welfare.