Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 14:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to urgently provide mobile banking services and set up temporary counters in unbanked gram panchayats in the state in order to ease the demonetization effect on people.
“I request you to instruct RBI and other banks to urgently provide mobile banking services or to set up temporary counters in unbanked gram panchayats,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking his immediate intervention.
For this, it has assured the Centre to provide requisite support and infrastructure to tide over the crisis.
“About 4400 of 6238 gram panchayats in Odisha do not have bank branches which constitute 70 percent of it. Besides, 1.65 crore people constituting 47 percent of the rural population do not have proper access to banking facilities,” Patnaik said in the letter.
My concern is to ensure that people living in the villages do not suffer in the backdrop of demonetization of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and restrictions on withdrawal. They should access the benefits and services such as old age pensions, wages under MGNREGA, scholarships etc being provided to them without any difficulty. Besides, bank branches should provide the services relating to withdrawal of money and exchange of old currency in a hassle-free manner, he added.