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
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.