Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar chaired a meeting in Goa on Saturday wherein top bureaucrats were called upon to discuss the ways to go cashless. “Goa aims to become first state to go cashless, post demonetization” Parrikar said in the meeting.
This would fulfill a dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is pushing for a cashless society through the demonetization scheme, which is also aimed at curbing the menace of black money, said Parrikar, the former Chief Minister of Goa.
Addressing BJPs ‘Vijay Sankulp’ rally at Sankhalim village, 45 km from Panaji he said that Goans are using cards (ATM/credit) in a big way. Goa will soon be the first state with cashless society fulfilling a dream of the Prime Minister.
PM Modi has struck hard at the root of black money and terror funding by taking this bold step. “This is not just a strike on black money but also against terror funding, fake currency and drugs money” he added.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary R.K. Srivastava and other senior officials; also Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was present.
There will be no need to carry your purse for purchases and the profession of pick-pocketers may become extinct soon, as all transactions will be done on the mobile. “The money on purchases will be debited to the person’s bank account,” chief secretary R K Srivastava said to the media.
“The Defense Minister laid stress on creating special applications to conduct cashless transactions across government departments, including for sales tax, excise, public transport etc. One has to dial *99# from their mobile phone, not necessarily a smart phone, and follow the instructions to complete the transaction. This system is being introduced to transfer money to small vendors who do not have swipe machines. Swiping of ATM and credit cards at shops and establishments will also continue. A smartphone can be turned into a bank by using an app called Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Parrikar said.
The State Government will organize camps to educate people about this application, he said. “We will also train BJP workers who will educate masses about this facility. A drive to create awareness on how to operate the cashless transaction for vendors and small shops and the public will commence on Monday at Mapusa and Panaji, in Goa. This will allow people to move around without carrying cash,” the Minister said.
“Time has come to go towards a cashless society. We should cooperate with the government. Cashless society will be achieved in Goa first. We will fulfill the Prime Minister’s request in this regard.”