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Maharashtra: BJP gives cashless economy lessons to MLAs, MLCs

Ministers and officials also attended the workshop which defined the meaning of demonetisation, its impact on the state and national economy.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Nagpur |
December 17, 2016 2:19:47 am
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The state BJP on Friday gave lessons on demonetisation and cashless transactions, and a long list of do’s and dont’s for its elected members in the state legislative assembly and council at the Vidarbha Bhawan premises in Nagpur. While stating that demonetisation would end corruption and hawala money routed through political parties and real estate, it said, “Going cashless was imperative to fight terrorism, naxals and corruption.”

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The party organised a workshop for BJP MLAs and MLCs. Ministers and officials also attended the workshop which defined the meaning of demonetisation, its impact on the state and national economy. The presentation complete with statistics, charts and explanation was held in two sessions.

The BJP chief whip in state assembly Raj Purohit said, “More than 80 MLAs out of the total 122 in assembly attended the workshop.” The exercise was to take ahead the government’s decision to transform Maharashtra into a cashless economy in the next few months.

All members were asked to campaign intensely to reach people in cities and villages. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that Maharashtra will emerge as the leading state of India in cashless transactions. The state government has already started evolving its model which would help in ease of doing business through cashless transactions in urban and rural Maharashtra.

The significant aspects highlighted were: Individuals should have at least one account in a nationalised bank; every individual should have PAN and Aadhaar card; bank debit card is mandatory; use customer ID and password for net banking and use virtual keyboard for net banking. If anybody has used other’s laptop, they were advised to delete banking related history and be cautious about the growing dangers of hacking .

The party also stressed on the concessions provided to farmers, commuters and individuals for adapting to digital payments.

The basic questions explained were: What’s the meaning of cashless transactions?; What is the scenario across world?; Is this possible in India?; Impact of demonetisation in country; What are the alternatives to cashless economy?

While emphasising that demonetisation was to combat corruption, the report said, “The payment made in India averages to 40 per cent through cashless transactions, while there has been a 49.5 per cent growth in volume of online payments and mobile payments in 2015-16.”

There was a drop of 8.2 per cent in the use of cheques in 2015-16. The data compiled for non-cash transactions in 2013 was as follows: 123 billion in US; 19 billion in UK and 16 billion in China. The list of top ten cashless countries highlighted included: Belgium (93%); France (92%); Canada (90%); UK (89%); Sweden (89%); Australia (86%); Netherlands (85%); US (80%); Germany (76%) and South Korea (70%).

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