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Rural areas facing difficulty : Odisha govt

Demonetisation has hit the rural populace in Odisha, its government told the central team here to review the scenario in the state post the announcement.

PTI | Bhubaneswar |

Demonetisation has hit the rural populace in Odisha, its
government told the central team here to review the scenario in the state post
the announcement.

“The central team discussed the problems faced by the
people in Odisha. We have told them that though situation has improved a little
in towns, but the people in rural pockets continue to suffer,” special
secretary to the finance department A K Meena told reporters after the meeting.

The government requested the team, which deliberated on
strategies to address problems faced by the people post- demonetisation, and
RBI to supply more currency notes of lower denominations like Rs 100 and Rs
500.

Appreciating steps taken by the state government in handling
the situation, the team assured that it would inform the Centre about the
difficulties faced by it.

“The demonetisation has been welcomed by all though
some difficulties exist. The state government has taken very good steps to
remove these difficulties. Specially distribution of old age pension amounting
to Rs 140 crore on November 15 is worth praising,” said Suresh Kumar
Vashisth, the joint secretary to the food and public distribution department.

The state government also suggested the Central team to
ensure easy payments to farmers through cooperative societies and Primary
Agriculture Committees during paddy procurement.

Besides Vasisth, Director of Urban Development Saurabh Jain,
Reserve Bank of India officials, other bank officials and state government officials
attended the meeting.

The central team leader Ashok Dalwai, who is the additional
secretary in the union ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, said it
will visit Berhampur, Jajpur and other places to take stock of the situation.