PM Modi urges nation to embrace digital transactions

| Updated: Dec 26, 2016 01:55 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 25 (ANI): In order to promote cashless transactions in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on the nation to participate in the Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana, and embrace digital transactions. "I call upon people of India to embrace digital transactions and participate in Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana in large numbers," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. He said the first 15,000 winners have been announced in a programme. The Prime Minister also thanked Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik and Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir for extending their support to the movement. "I thank @DeepaAthlete & @GautamGambhir for inspiring others & extending support to the movement towards increased digital transactions. (sic)," he added. This came hours after the Prime Minister in his 27th 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme announced Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers and Digidhan Vyapar Yojana for traders. "This digital movement is a golden opportunity for the youth and start-ups. They can open new avenues through it. We should be at the forefront of using digital means to make payments and transactions," he said. Announcing the scheme, Prime Minister Modi said, "Starting today, 15,000 Indians will get Rs. 1,000 cash awards for doing digital payments. Award scheme will be available for transactions above Rs. 50 and below Rs. 3,000." He further said he is happy that awareness towards online payments and using technology for economic transactions is increasing. He said there are 30 crore RuPay cards in the country, adding 20 crore are owned by the poor who have Jan Dhan accounts. (ANI)