With the Modi government at the Centre moving for a cashless economy, the BJP-led government of Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam on Monday launched a programme to train over 28,000 elected representatives of the panchayat level to spread the knowledge and uses of digitalisation process to each 3.20 crore people of the state.
“While the prime minister has announced his policy of taking the country towards a cashless transaction, we want to make Assam the Number 1 state in this respect. For that we will first train over 28,000 elected representatives of the people at the panchayat level, who in turn will take the message to the 3.20 crore people of the state,” Chief Minister Sonowal, inaugurating the training programme organised in collaboration with State Bank of India in Guwahati said.
Underlining the important role the youth can play in this transformation, Sonowal also asked the education and youth departments of the state government to also involve NSS cadets in the campaign. “NSS volunteers of 180 colleges will work at various levels of public places including semi-rural and rural areas, apart from working among the youth, to motivate the public on adopting various methods to carry out cashless transaction,” Sonowal said.
Claiming that the people of Assam had adjusted themselves well to the post-demonetisation situation, Sonowal described the lakhs of tea garden workers as the “best example” of the process. “The way lakhs of tea garden workers adapted themselves with the sudden change is the best example of how people of Assam has accepted demonetisation,” Sonowal said.