Union Minister lauds NE states for move towards digital transaction

Guwahati, Jan 11 (PTI) Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh today said that several steps were taken in seven sisters of the region to ensure digital transaction after demonetisation.
“The North Eastern states have taken several good initiatives for ensuring cashless transaction after the decision of demonetisation was announced,” he said while inaugurating the two-day Digi Dhan Mela here.
“Tea garden labourers are also very happy as they are getting exact wages and are very eager to adopt a cashless economy which will also help to improve social behaviour and economic management in the country,” he said.
Following demonetisation, two presses printing fake currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were closed down in Pakistan, he claimed.
Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that India would soon transform into a digital country and the “North Eastern states must also lend a hand in this transformation and for the development of the nation”.
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of Jan Dhan accounts, more than 25 crore people had opened bank accounts which is a remarkable achievement, he added.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the e-wallet ‘Toka Paisa’ as an initiative towards cashless economy on the occasion.
The Mela, organised by the state government in collaboration with the I-T Department and Niti Aayog, aims to enable citizens and merchants to conduct digital transactions.
More than hundred stalls were set up by various government departments, banks, mobile wallet operators and others to showcase cashless digital transactions.

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