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Haryana vying to be first cashless state in the country

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Chandigarh, December 5—The Haryana Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, has said that there had been no impact of demonitisation on the revenue of the state, the Central Government has been asked to pare the charges on online modes of payments to the bare minimum, and steps are being taken to make Haryana first cashless state in the country.
He said that Haryana was moving fast and forward on the road to becoming a cashless state. A committee of administrative secretaries has been set up to seek suggestions from all departments and work on executing all modules to realise the objective. All receipts and payments in government would be made totally cashless, and this practice should also be promoted in the society as well.

Commenting on the impact of demonetization of notes of high denominations on state revenue, he said there had been no fall in the registration of properties in various tehsils of the state. The cash situation is getting easy by the day. Cash crunch is no more visible. The objective is to promote any mode of financial transaction other than cash. He asked all sections of society to cooperate in this venture which is in the interest of the country.

The Finance Minister said the Central Government had been asked to pare the charges of online modes of payments to the bare minimum level. However, it is a set principle that the quantum of such charges gets reduced in keeping with the rise in the number of cashless transactions.

Capt Abhimanyu said the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, has urged people to make all transactions cashless and adopt online and other mode of e-banking for payments. Under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, Haryana would be the first to be developed as a cashless state. This would not only help eliminate corruption but would also facilitate a check on terrorism and Maoist activities. He sought cooperation from all people in adopting cashless transaction system in the interest of the nation.
Capt Abhimanyu said departments concerned had been directed to immediately make big transactions cashless. This is being done at a very fast pace.

Similarly, e-payment facilities are being promoted for making petty payments in government departments. “I have complete faith in the capacity of Haryana’s people and hope that they will soon adopt cashless system of payments”, he added.

Capt Abhimanyu said a committee of administrative secretaries had been formed to seek suggestions from all departments and work on executing all modules to build Haryana a cashless state. All receipts and payments in the government would be made totally cashless, and this practice should also be promoted in the society as well.
With a view to promoting cashless system and train government officials in digital banking, a committee headed by Administrative Secretary has also been constituted. It would prepare the schedule for training in digital banking and online transactions and execute it. Demo of cashless transaction on mobile would also form part of the training, he added.
Earlier, while addressing Administrative Secretaries, Capt. Abhimanyu asked them to ensure that all receipts and payments of government were totally cashless. He asked them to make wide publicity of cashless mode of transactions through advertisements, radio jingles and also on Whatsapp to promote cashless and digital banking.

The Chief Secretary, D. S. Dhesi, Director General of Police, Dr. K.P. Singh, and other administrative secretaries were also present at the meeting.

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