Dr Subhash Bhamre, the Union Minister of State for Defence, Government of India, today made a one day visit to Shillong to promote the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojna and review the operational preparedness of HQ Eastern Air Command.
The Minister after arriving at Shillong IAF Helipad straight away headed to the U Soso Tham Auditorium, to be the Chief Guest at the “Mudra Promotion Campaign” conducted by the State Government of Meghalaya and State Level Bankers Committee(SLBC). Zenith Sangma, Minister for Taxation, Government of Meghalaya was the Guest of Honour in the event.
Dr Subhash Bhamre spoke to the large audience present for the event, he brought out the salient aspects of the Prime Ministers Mudra Yojna (PMMU) the flagship scheme of Indian Government, which aims to provide formal access of financial facilities to the small businesses thereby creating more self-employment opportunities. He flagged the fact that since the launch of the scheme on 08 April 2015, 9.13 crore loans have been sanctioned under PMMY. The total amount sanctioned is Rs. 3.96 lakh crores. Out of 9.13 crores loans, loans to women constitute 6.89 crores (76%), SC/ST/OBC constitute 5.07 crores (55%). With this, self-employment has been generated and some of the entrepreneurs have also created the job opportunities.
The Hon’ble Minister also said that the Government of India has launched National Digital Payment Mission (NDPM) to encourage digital payment. NPCI is assisting in this regard by way of providing the digital payments modes like UPI, USSD, IMPS, Aadhaar Pay and RuPay Debit Cards. Digital payment mode is very easy and safe. He exhorted all to adopt the digital payment method for making payments and asked all to all unite and pledge to make India a digitally enabled Society.
It is pertinent to note that the Government of India looks at the North East region of the country with its tremendous potential for growth and contribution towards the Act East initiative, ushering a new era of peace and prosperity for the region coupled with carving the rightful space for India as a economic super power.
Dr Subhash Bhamre than moved to HQ Eastern Air Command, Shillong for the visit and review of the operational readiness of the Eastern Air Command. Air Marshall Rajesh Kumar, VM received the hon’ble Minister and gave him a detailed operational briefing on all aspects of Air Force preparedness in the Eastern Theatre.
The Minister also made a visit to various units and branches of HQ EAC, where he was briefed in details with regards to the operational aspects and also the projects under planning and execution, he conveyed his satisfaction on the op readiness of the formation, he appreciated the high level of Air Warriors morale and exhorted upon all ranks to continue the good work and also reassured them that the Government of India stands behind them steadfastly in all their endeavors.