Mangaluru, January 25, 2017: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law and Justice and Ministry of IT inaugurated the Digidhan Mela and also flagged off a Digital Rath. He interacted with the citizens and merchants present at the mela and also announced the Weekly winners of Lucky Grahak Yojana. He also distributed laptops to top 5 Village Level Entrepreneurs (Uma Farookh of Hassan; Ravi Shankar of Bidar; Kailash of Davangiri; Shivu of Dharwad and Garima of Bengaluru Urban) for their contributions in implementing Digi Dhan Abhiyan.
Shri. Ramesh Jigajinagi and Shri. Nalin Kumar Kateel inaugurated the stalls. Speaking at the event, Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics & Information Technology said “Mangalore to Muzzafarpur; Karnataka to Kashmir, India is adding Mobile phones equivalent to the population of France and Italy. India is home to 50 crore internet users, 110 crore UIDAI card holders and we are largest users of Google and Facebook after US. We are transforming India in a big way as there are 25 crore JanDhan accounts which receive direct benefit transfer and in the process Government of India already saved Rs 36000 crore so far.”
Speaking on the occasion, he said the government intends to achieve 100 per cent progress in cashless transactions in every village and town. Public co-operation will go a long way in making this initiative a success, he added.
As many as 12 nationalised banks, oil companies, public sector undertakings, BSNL, Department of Posts and mobile operators are participating in the exhibition which has a total of 36 stalls.
Deputy Commissioner K G Jagadeesha, Dakshina Kannada MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Capt. Ganesh Karnik, Abhayachandra Jain, MLA were among others present on the occasion.