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The Minister of State (IC) for Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattatreya met the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley and discussed the issues relating to demonetization and gave suggestions keeping in view the welfare of the workers in New Delhi yesterday. Shri Dattatreya requested Finance Minister to initiate steps to deploy mobile ATMs in all the workers/industrial clusters specially in remote and rural areas where there is pre-dominance of workers. Labour & Employment Minister also discussed to take steps to address the wage payment related issues, issues of plantation workers and construction workers. Shri Dattatreya while appreciating the efforts of the Finance Minister in reviving the old lower denomination notes, also highlighted the importance of issuing more and more lower denomination notes (Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50 & Rs.100) in large numbers, as this will be beneficial to a large number of workers. Shri Dattatreya also requested to expedite and print more Rs.500/- notes for circulation and to ensure their availability to industrial and other institutions which employ large number of workers.

Labour & Employment Minister also apprised Shri Arun Jaitley about the campaign undertaken by the Labour & Employment Ministry to open bank accounts and stated that so far 52,852 camps have been held till date all over India where in 13,76,243 accounts opened. He said, senior officers have been deputed to various States to oversee the campaign that has been conducted by the team of officers for opening of bank accounts. Shri Dattatreya also informed the Finance Minister that these camps that were conducted with cooperation of the bank officials resulting in the opening of more accounts.

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