NEW DELHI: The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, the government’s policy think-tank, today announced it will give district collectors, district magistrates, and deputy commissioners Rs 10 for every citizen who performs at least two cashless transactions.
Such citizens should use one of five modes for their transactions – Unified payment interface (UPI), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Aadhaar Enabled Payments, e-wallets and Rupay debit/credit/prepaid cards.
NITI Aayog will immediately transfer up to Rs 5 lakh to every district in India to kick start this drive, according to a letter written to district collectors, commissioners and magistrates by the think tank’s CEO, Amitabh Kant, who is also member of the committee to promote cashless payments in India.
Kant urged district heads to use digital payments for their transactions, and encourage others to do the same.
He also asked them to assemble ‘digital armies’ at the district level – “leveraging all departments of the government available” – from young people trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship ministry’s flagship scheme) to e-Disha centres available in districts.
“It is critical that we skill instructors in all forms of digital payments, and then impart training to all citizens via training camps, workshops etc.,” he wrote.
The top ten best performing districts of India will be awarded the Digital Payment Champions of India Award by NITI Aayog/Government of India, Kant said.
Similarly, the 50 Panchayats which go cashless will be awarded Digital Payament Award of Honour, he added.
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