As part of the drive of Hailakandi district administration to promote digital or cashless economy through the use of digital mode of transactions across the district, digi-dhan mela on digital financial literacy was organised at the ongoing Rabindra Mela in Hailakandi town.
Inaugurating the mela, District Development Commissioner, Arunava Dey said the mela is being organised to inform the participants and thousands of visitors to the Rabindra Mela about the advantages of the use of cashless economy and the method to switch to the digital mode of cashless transactions.
Dey said that cashless transactions initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi following demonetisation is a major step towards weeding out corruption, black money and terrorism. It will also help to overcome the hurdles in the path of development.
The senior official hoped that the common man would switch to digital transactions instead of using currency notes through easy and hassle free modes of cashless payments. “In this fast changing world, one has to be in tune with the times. This is the digital age and e governance where application of modern electronic gadgets are a must to bring about changes in our lives and economy,” he added.
Dey further said it augurs well that changes have ushered in the tea gardens following transfer of money directly into the bank accounts of individual workers.
Assistant Commissioner, Tridip Roy spoke on the advantages of digital transactions through plastic money and online banking.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ruth Lienthang said the mela is being organised to spread awareness among people about cashless transactions and to help them to undertake digital transactions.
Ward Commissioner, Arun Kumar Das exhorted upon the people to adopt cashless transactions as a way of life as ‘it is safe, convenient and hassle free’.
Experts demonstrated to the consumers and visitors visiting the stall the mechanism and method to adopt and use the mode of digital payments to avail a host of benefits. DDC Dey made a cashless transaction by swiping his card at a stall to motivate the common man towards cashless transactions.
Representatives of banks, common service centres, BSNL, NIC, SHGs, Municipal Board and merchant associations participated in it.
It may be mentioned that the administration organised digi-dhan melas at village and gaon panchayat levels on January 22 to spread digital financial literacy among the rural populace.
Moreover, the administration has been conducting training for master trainers in association with bankers, NIC, telecom, networking, private digital payment service providers and other government agencies. They in turn have been encouraging people in learning digital transactions at gaon panchayat level.
That is not all. Following a slew of initiatives by the district administration headed by Moloy Bora, Hailkandi has fared better than many other districts of the State in making smooth and hassle free payment of weekly wages to the bank accounts of tea garden workers.