Ahir was here on Wednesday to review various centrally sponsored schemes and plans for the promotion of cashless transactions and digital payments in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
The UT Administration had so far failed to conceptualise the cashless schemes bowing forth the MRD charges being levied by banks on purchases made through debit and credit cards.
The minister said, “Digital payments and Mudra schemes are two major schemes of the Union Government on which the Prime Minister has been taking
personal interest for their proper implementation.
At present the UT Administration is enroute to declare Chandigarh the country’s first cashless city and we are working on to bring out the
solution to minimise any levy on cashless transactions.”
Appreciating the steps taken by the UT Administration for proper implementation of cashless scheme by involving students, women, employees and banks, the minister advised that more efforts should be made for better outcome of the Mudra scheme. He expressed his satisfaction on the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in Chandigarh.
He said the government was aware of it and a policy at the national level would be framed to minimise the cashless transactions burden on the people.
The government was also constantly watching the modus operandi being adopted by medical stores to enhance the prices of some medicines already slashed by the government. He said more Jan Aushdhi stores would be opened in Chandigarh.
Adviser to UT Administrator Parimal Rai said after demonisation, 6 lakh more bank accounts had been opened at different banks.
He said the UT Administration had promoted cashless schemes in Chandigarh through
UPI, USSD, AEPS, bank cards and internet banking.
Presentations were given on different aspects of cashless transactions and digital payments promoted by the Administration and
banks. Earlier, the minister called on V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT,
Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, UT DGP T.P.S. Luthra, Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi and other senior officials attended the meeting.
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