Maharashtra's first cashless village is finally live

Updated: Dec 02, 2016, 18:45 IST | Aparna Shukla |

NGO president, who started the initiative, distributes card-swiping machines among 40 traders in Dhasai

Dhasai villagers lineup with their cards for the cashless transactions
Dhasai villagers lineup with their cards for the cashless transactions

President of the Savarkar Smarak organisation Ranjeet Savarkar, who had taken the initiative to make Dhasai the first cashless village in the country, yesterday distributed card-swiping machines among 40 traders there.

Chasing dreams
Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was present on the occasion. “Maharashtra has become the first state to take an initiative like this,” he said.

“Narendra Modi embarked on the demonetisation drive against black money by banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, it’s his dream to end corruption. I’m glad that in this process Dhasai has become the first cashless village. It’s my dream to make Maharashtra the first cashless state in the country. Hence, this is a moment of pride for me.”

Savarkar said, “This is very inspirational. The government should hold workshops for the villagers to help them get accustomed to the new technology.”

Ditching paper money
General manager of Bank of Baroda Navtej Singh, who was present for the inauguration, told mid-day, “About 40% of the village’s traders have got the machines; in the coming days, more will get.”

When asked about the tribals who still don’t have debit cards to be able to make payments at the shops of these traders, Singh said, “As more and more people are becoming aware, requests for cards are increasing. We have set up camps for people who want to get cards; people are lining up for this daily. I would urge everyone to opt for cashless transactions not just via cards, but also through other means, like netbanking and e-wallets.”

“This shouldn’t be just for Maharashtra, but for all districts in all the states,” said Mungantiwar, who used his own card and bought Murbad’s famous rice and visited another vendor as well.

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