Uggrawai going completely digital

Uggrawai going completely digital

Kamareddy district, which comprises of 323 gram panchayats and 22 mandals is taking the lead in going in for digital economies. In this respect,...

Kamareddy: With the Union Government’s move to go for demonetisation of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on November 8, the State government is gradually taking measures in going for digital transactions and cashless economies.

Kamareddy district, which comprises of 323 gram panchayats and 22 mandals is taking the lead in going in for digital economies.In this respect, Uggrawai village in Kamareddy mandal in the district is showing the way. Comprising a population of 1,378 people, the Uggrawai village has 400 families with 1,081 adults.

Earlier, 800 people were having two bank accounts in the village. But after the demonetisation, the figure shot up considerably, and recently another 200 people opened savings bank accounts.

Those who did not have debits cards were given the swipe cards after opening their accounts in order to make it a village with complete digital transactions.

The district officials under the guidance of the District Collector N Satyanarayana have been chalking out action plans for digital transactions. The Collector is keen to make it into a complete cashless village with online transactions within a week.

The top officials at the State level have formulated guidelines for the district level officials for going in for cashless transactions.
The District Collector has been conducting meeting with bank officials and asked them to organise awareness camps in villages and mandals to create awareness among the villagers on digital banking.

He is keen that such transactions should be implemented keenly. In this connection, one village in each mandal of the district will go in for complete digital transactions during the initial stage. Bank accounts will be opened for those not having them. Gradually, other villages will be roped in.

In order to implement such action plans in a fool-proof manner at the village, mandal and district levels, special committees would be set-up. Bank officials, cooperative societies and women’s Self-Help Groups will also be involved in the efforts towards converting villages digital economies.

There are about 114 bank branches in the district in which there are 14.9 lakh bank accounts and 1.93 lakh Jan Dhan accounts.
Committees will be formed at the district level with the district Collector as chairman, Joint Collector as co-chairman and the Superintendent of Police as member while the traders and district officials will be representatives.

At the mandal level the Tahsildar as chairman will supervise the operations with MPDOs, Agricultural officials, CIs and others as members.
At the village level, the gram secretary or the VRO will be the chairman while the headmaster of the school will be the co-chairman. Field officers of MGNREGS will be members in ensuring the implementation.

Speaking to The Hans India here on Wednesday, District Collector N Satyanarayana said that they were taking steps to create awareness among the people of the rural areas regarding the digital transactions.

He said that bank accounts would be opened for all the farmers. He said that fair price shop dealers, LPG gas agencies, cooperative societies and businessmen would be asked to set up swipe machines at their outlets.

-BY Ambir Rajasekhar

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