Puri,26th March 2017:-Hon’ble MOS (I/C) for P & NG & Hon’ble Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprise inaugurated Digi-Dhan Mela at Saradhabali (Near Gundicha Temple), Puri on 26.03.2017. 26.03.2017 : The 2 nd Digi-Dhan Mela of Odisha and 86 th of the country was inaugurated at Puri by Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan as the chief guest in the presence of Sri Babul Supriyo, Hon’ble MOS for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises as the guest of Honour, today. The concept of 'Digi Dhan Mela' is the brainchild of Niti Aayog to promote digital and cashless economy through the use of digital mode of transactions across the country. In the event, 16 banks, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC),Common Service Centre, UIDAI, Oil marketing Companies, NFCL, Balmer Lawrie & private e-wallet operators i.e. Airtel, PayTM, Reliance Jio, Vodafone m-pesa actively participated by putting up stalls to educate the public and sensitize them on the need for digital transactions. Guests were welcomed by SLBC Odisha Shri Anil Kumar. A video in Odia was exhibited to sensitize on the need and advantages of digitization and the initiatives taken by Govt. of India. In his address Shri Dharmendra Pradhan spoke on the importance of digitization of the payment system and its valuable aspects in the day to day life of a common man. He also conveyed the details of launch of BHIM app and emphasized on the positive changes the country was witnessing under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, our Hon’ble Prime Minister who with his dedicated and committed work has been able to articulate his vision for the country as he has experienced in person the ground realities. He further stated that alongwith e-wallet, AEPS, UPI, USSD and the BHIM App is expected to bring a sea change in the payment systems. Owing to this system even less educated people can use mobile app during their financial transactions. Govt is also promoting Aadhaar Enabled Payment System in the country to promote digitaisation of financial services among the general public. He also demonstrated the same on stage with the help of the device to be connected to computers and aid of representative of the Common Service Centre of Biswanathpur Gram Panchayat. He also emphasized on the role of Common Service Centres in ushering the digital revolution in rural India. There are about 6000 CSC in Odisha who are rendering services through digital means to the people in villages. This would definitely bring an enormous change in the lives of commoners.