Bhubaneswar: Beneficiaries under various government schemes across the state will be getting their money on Tuesday for which Rs 140 crores have been sanctioned. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make necessary arrangements in rural areas on urgent basis.
Around 35 lakh beneficiaries will be given their pensions and scholarships under old age, widowhood, students benefit scheme and so on. However, since 4,400 out of 6,238 Gram Panchayats do not have banking facilities in the state, CM Patnaik has sought intervention from the Centre.
In a letter to Finance Minister Jaitley he said about “70 percent Gram Panchayats with 1.65 crore people constituting 47 percent of rural population of the state do not have proper access to banking facilities of the state.”
Following demonetisation move, people in villages should not suffer, said the CM. “They should continue to access benefits and services such as old age pensions, wages under MGNREGA scholarships being provided without any difficulty. Besides, bank branches should provide the services relating to withdrawal of money and exchange of currency in a hassle free,” he said requesting to instruct RBI and other banks to provide mobile banking services in ‘unbanked Gram Panchayats’. The state government will extend all support and provide infrastructure for the same, he said.