- Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal mooted for cashless transactions through grass root level programmes, saying his government has initiated several steps to digitise payment methods.
- “Cashless payment has the potential to root out corruption from the system and citizens must adopt cashless transactions as a way of life,” the Chief Minister said inaugurating the ‘Digi Dhan Mela’ here.
- Sonowal, who pitched for popularizing cashless transactions at the grassroot level, announced that a ‘Chief Minister’s Award’ would be given to the best performing district in adopting digital payment methods and familiarizing cashless transactions among a large section of people.
- A prize of Rs 50,000 would be presented at the end of financial year 2016-2017 after March 31, 2017 to Deputy Commissioner for the best performing district, he said.
- Minister of Information Technology Keshab Mahanta said that his department is making all efforts to fast-track the digitisation process and ‘DigiDhan Melas’ organised at village and Panchayat levels would give an impetus to the government’s efforts of transforming Assam into a cashless state