In sync with the Narendra Modi government’s digital push, the Naveen Patnaik-led government in Odisha will soon launch a state-wide awareness campaign on digital payment at the grassroots level. The government plans to engage students having a smartphone as volunteer under the drive by paying them commission.
The campaign will start from Bhubaneswar before being extended to other urban areas and villages. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by finance secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey on December 7, proceedings of the meeting released on Saturday said.
The proceedings said a multi-pronged strategy will be formulated for digital payment awareness. Apart from common service centres, small savings agents and bank mitras, the government will engage students as volunteers/ trainers.
The volunteers will register people who are not using digital payments and train them. They will get their commission (which is yet to be decided) after successful first digital transaction by persons trained by them. It will be tracked thorough a management information system (MIS) mechanism.