Cashless transactions in villages by Dec 31: Jupally
Hyderabad: Telangana Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Jupally Krishna Rao has directed officials that distribution of Asara pensions be done cashless by Dec 31 by opening bank accounts and giving ATM cards to 17.81 lakh pensioners and Self Help Groups. There will also be focus on providing swiping machines to 8,691 village panchayats in the state.
The minister directed officials to prepare a plan of action to encourage cashless transactions as per government decision. Krishna Rao held a high level review meeting with officials and asked them to take steps to see that Asara pensions are given through cashless transactions by creating awareness among the beneficiaries and workers under employment guarantee scheme. He urged the officials to open new accounts for every Asara beneficiary by December 31. He said that pension payment could be done through Iris method or Bio-metric process.
The minister said that payment of pensions could be achieved 100 per cent in a couple of months by creating awareness among people at village level. ‘Since the cashless transactions help avoid irregularities we need to encourage use of ATMs and swiping machines’, he said and directed officials to hold a meeting with bankers and post offices to make cashless transactions at every village.
Venkaiah Naidu exhorts officials to promote less cash economy
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, has said the initiative of the Union Government was an attempt to prevent delays through seamless transactions and end the menace of corruption and black money.
After addressing the officials of his ministry on the steps being taken by the government for facilitating a less cash economy and encouraging digital and online transactions, he said that the government’s JAM (Jan Dhan, AADHAR & Mobile) initiative would also facilitate this transformation.
He reiterated that Prime Minister’s JAM vision would ensure maximum penetration of technology among the masses and empowerment for the poor. He urged all officers to counsel their staff to go cashless and digital in day-to-day transactions. “This exercise could also be conducted at homes by officers and staff with the people associated in their day-to-day life as part of social responsibility”.