One of the aims of the demonetization drive was to To make the transactions more transparent. The government of India has been pushing Digital Payments from the last 50 days. The GoI has started a campaign by the name Digidhan Abhiyan. It has enabled more than 1 crore rural citizens to for digital methods. Over 3 lakh merchants have started accepting digital payment in rural India.
Ravi Shankar Prasad is the Minister for Electronics & Information Technology of India. He has issued a statement about this achievement. He said that there is a rapid growth in the number of citizens from rural areas for using digital money. It shows the dedication towards corruption free India. The country is experiencing a change and moving towards digital methods of transactions. He said that our PM has seen a dream of honest and transparent governance which is turning into a reality.
The reports are promising
Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have recorded the highest number of citizens choosing digital transactions. Madhya Pradesh has enrolled 15 lakh citizens to buy goods and pay for services using digital ways. Chhattisgarh has a little lesser number at 12.5 lakh citizens. For merchant enrollment, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have the highest number at 60000 each.
The common service centers are also known as CSC. It joined hands with the village level entrepreneurs to spread the awareness. The DigiDhan Abhiyan wants to convert 2 lakh CSC into Digital Financial Education Center. The CSCs will train people of the rural area about various means of electronic payment systems or EPS.
Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) also issued a statement. She said that the DigiDhan Abhiyan had reached rural area via CSC. The campaign so far has shown the willingness of the citizens to adopt the technology. She also said that the digital methods of payment are easy to learn and use. She also said that they will continue to build better platforms to build smart tools. It will make it easy to transform into digital India.
Digital payments became a necessary step
After the demonetization on November 8th, 2016, the country has faced a lot of problems with cash. The government of India is moving towards digital economy to ease the situation. This will also make the system clearer, transparent and better. Digital payments also make it easy for the Government to calculate taxes. In the longer run, it will make it easier for the government to lower down tax rates as well.
Akodara, a small village in Gujarat was the first cashless village in India. It was possible with the help of ICICI bank in 2015. In the last one month, more villages have turned towards digital modes of payment. The digital modes of transactions are easier and safer as well. You do not need to have cash in your pocket and only need a mobile phone to pay for all the services. The government has also introduced Adhaar based payment system to further ease the situation.