Aanganwadi workers in Madhya Pradesh will train and encourage women to go for cashless transactions as part of the government’s ambitious e-Laxmi scheme from January, Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday.
Chouhan said this while talking to mediapersons after attending the inaugural function of the BJP Mahila Morcha’s working committee meeting, in which he was felicitated on completing 11 years as chief minister.
The chief minister said the e-Laxmi scheme would go a long way in encouraging the transition to a cashless society which is now a major thrust area for the BJP post demonetisation.
Archana Chitins, minister for women and child development told HT that women could be the best ambassadors for promoting cashless economy. She also backed the CM’s statement that aanganwadi workers would be used in training and encouraging women to go for cashless transactions. Special camps will be held at the block level for training women in cashless transactions.
“e-Laxmi cells will be constituted in each district which will coordinate for the implementation of this mega scheme,” she said.
“But before that we are approaching banks and IT experts to be provide us resource persons for training and holding orientation programmes our women public representatives and officials of women and child development department from across the state on cashless transactions. After that our trained people will act as resource persons for training officials and aanganwadi workers who will then reach out to women in villages,” she said.
Chitnis said that the women would be trained in getting debit cards, using them and how to operate Jan Dhan accounts in a cashless way and so on. She said women running small business like beauty parlours and boutiques would be provided help for using swipe machines at sale points.
She said women representatives and senior officials of women and child department will hold a convention in January regarding the implementation of the scheme.
The department will try to reach out to women at the block and village level for the implementation of the scheme till March 31, 2017.
“Then we will review the whole process and accordingly fine tune the scheme for better implementation in the new financial year,” she said.
The BJP in Madhya Pradesh is encouraging people to go cashless transactions in the state. On Tuesday, a workshop on Cashless India Campaign was organised by BJP Yuva Morcha and the IT Cell of the party, in which the parts leaders and workers were apprised about various aspects of the cashless transactions and how to encourage people for the same.