A 10-minute session organised in the MP assembly premises on Thursday to train MLAs in cashless transactions, saw only 10 of the 231 lawmakers in attendance.
The programme --- ‘training of cashless banking to eradicate black money’ --- was organised by Speaker Sitasharan Sharma. He along with finance minister Jayant Malaiya, sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia and urban administration and development minister Maya Singh was the first to reach the venue. Later, seven other MLAs, including two of Congress, joined the session where bankers explained the different ways of cashless payments. They also informed about the latest technology which can be used for direct payment.
Scindia had some questions for the bankers but they failed to answer to her satisfaction. She asked them to hold a practical session so that they the MLAs could master it. Amid chaos, the session concluded with an assurance of providing to the legislators CDs with training manual.
Meanwhile, the MLAs who attended the session were not very happy with the outcome.
Malehara MLA Rekha Yadav said, “I am not satisfied with the training as I feel digital payment is not very safe.”
Prithvipur MLA Anita Sunil Nayak said, “it is not an easy task to learn digital banking in one training session.”
The bankers too were not much satisfied with the programme. “It was a general training programme but MLAs didn’t show any interest in knowing even the basic things about cashless transactions,” a A banker said requesting anonymity.
Contacted, state level bankers’ association convener Ajay Vyas said, “We were invited for holding a 10-minute session to impart basic training on cashless transaction to the MLAs. Had they asked us for a detailed training, we would have come with gadgets and other equipment.”