Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief secretary, AP Padhi, has directed the marketing intelligence wing to keep strict vigil over the duping activities of the non-banking companies.

Padhi was presiding over the 14th meeting of the State Level Coordination Committee(SLCC) , here on Tuesday.

The chief secretary urged the Superintendents of Police and Collectors of various districts to keep strict vigil over the activities of the non-banking financial entities including multi-state cooperative societies and fake insurance companies who are trying to cheat people. He said that the SPs and Inspector- in-Charge of  all police stations have been asked to give a monthly report about these activities in their respective jurisdictions  and take  stringent actions to prohibit those.

The Committee  discussed the issues relating to the new ways adopted by some illegal entities for duping the people, collection of public money by multi-state cooperative societies, misusing the name of branded companies for collecting money and worked out the strategies to check such activities.

The RBI director, PK Das, told the meeting that the federal bank is sending telephone messages to the customers of all the telecom operators to create awareness about the false promises made by the cheat fund companies . RBI has also covered Gajapati and Boudh district with door-to-door leaflet distribution in collaboration with India Post. The sensitization sessions for police officials and awareness campaign for college students are also being conducted at district level. The  messages are also being spread through SHGs and Regulated Marketing Committees for wider awareness among the farmers and villagers, Das said.

The RBI director said that as many as 146 complains have been received through the RBI toll free telephone number so far. RBI is also taking steps to make people aware about fake phone calls and e mail messages regarding ‘wining of prize’, ‘lucky number’, ‘prize scheme for mobile’ . The Economic Offence Wing of the state police has been asked to investigate in to such complains, he added.

The state cooperation secretary Ranjana Chopra and senior officers of EOW, crime branch, SEBI, Registrar Cooperative Societies, and state finance department participated in the deliberations.