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Digitalise all districts at the earliest, stresses chief secretary

Chairing a video conference with all the district magistrates, the chief secretary Om Prakash directed them to ensure the digitalisation of their respective districts as early as possible. From each state, one district has to be 100 per cent digitalised by March 31, 2021. In Uttarakhand, the Almora district has to be cent per cent digitalised before the said date. In order to ensure complete digitalisation of the Almora district within the said time frame, work will have to be undertaken on mission mode, he stressed.

The chief secretary said that  in order to make the digitalisation campaign fully successful in all the departments, all the government departments should undertake all their transactions in the digital mode. The work needed should be expedited to make payment of power, housing, drinking water and other bills through the digital mode. The QR code should be sent on the electricity and water bills so that the consumers find it more convenient to make the payment in the digital mode. The chief secretary further said that publicity should be undertaken consistently in order to encourage the general public to opt for digital transactions. He also directed all the district magistrates to undertake a campaign for getting 100 per cent digitalised. Om Prakash further directed that public awareness campaign be conducted using varied means including posters, hoardings, wall paintings, newspapers, television channels and other media. Stating that banks have a vital role in the digitalisation process, he said that banks will also have to come forward for this purpose. Banks should undertaken special camps to raise digital financial literacy by facilitating opening of bank accounts of general public and providing them debit cards along with information on Bhim app, QR code and mobile banking.

Friday, 27 November 2020 | PNS | Dehradun

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