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State-run Rourkela steel plant goes digital cashless mode

The state-run Rourkela Steel plant in Odisha’s Sundargarh district has gone on cashless mode in the wake of demonetisation move by the union government.

All forms of fiscal transaction are being done on digital mode and currency notes transaction no more stays in RSP’s official finance dealings. The objective of cashless mode is to maintain transparency in administrative functioning of steel plant, said RSP officials.    

The RSP’s cashless mode of transaction has also drawn appreciation from various quarters including the union minister of state for steel.

“I congratulate Rourkela Steel Plant for going completely cashless and doing all the transactions through digital mode,” said Mr. Vishnu Deo Sai, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Steel in his inaugural address at the Digidhan Mela organised by SAIL Rourkela  RSP in association with local banks at Rourkela.

Also present on the dais were Mr. Ashwini Kumar, CEO, RSP, Mr. V B Singh, Director, NITI Ayog, Mr. PK Pradhan, ED (P&A), RSP, Mr. RS Mangapati, Deputy Circle Head, UCO Bank, SLBC, Bhubaneswar and Mr.B B Das, Regional Manager, SBI, Rourkela.

 In his address the Minister Singh spoke about the importance of cashless transactions to bring in more transparency into the systems and elimination of black money. Mr. Sai also emphasised on creating awareness amongst the common people regarding the safe and easy ways of digital transactions. The Hon’ble Minister also conducted the lucky draws under Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) for consumers and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana (DVY).      

Mr.Ashwini Kumar deliberated on how RSP has always been at the forefront in adopting the developmental initiatives of the Government of India like the Digital Payment and Cashless mode.

 The other dignitaries spoke about the various nuances of digital transactions and different modes of payment like RuPay cards, USSD, UPI and AEPS. The Hon’ble Minister along with CEO, RSP presented awards to the students who have excelled in the competitions organised to mark the Digidhan Mela.

Several audio-visuals were presented to make people aware about the various aspects of mobile and on-line money transactions. The programme commenced with lighting up of the ceremonial lamp by Mr. Sai and other dignitaries. A mellifluous rendering of ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ by renowned singer Mrs Ashalata Sarangi and her troupe was another highlight. Mr.P.K.Pradhan, welcomed the gathering. The representatives of State Bank of India explained the usage of the POS machines and mobile devices. Mr.M.K.L.Chand, GM (F&A), RSP proposed a vote of thanks.

After the inaugural function, Mr. Sai visited the stalls put up by local Banks and service providers and interacted with them.

In the evening, the Hon’ble Minister proceeded to Badagaon village where he inaugurated a Kalyan Mandap constructed by RSP as a part of its CSR initiatives. Mr. Ashwini Kumar, Mr. P K Pradhan, Mr. N K Samantray, GM(TA) and many other senior officers of RSP, local leaders and large number of villagers were present on the occasion. The 870 square feet Kalyan Mandap constructed at an expenditure of about Rs 20 lakhs will be used by the villagers for meetings, congregations, social functions and cultural events. 

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