Assam launches ‘Chief Minister’s Award’ to reward districts adopting digital payments


  1. 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.
  2. “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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Source: BGR