Ministry of Electronics & IT:
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) today hosted a unique event – ‘Digital Payment Utsav’ as part of the week-long ‘Azadi Ka Digital Mahotsav’. The day celebrated the journey and rise of digital payments in India and brought together leaders from the Government, banking sector, fintech companies and startups. The event held at the India Habitat Centre witnessed the unveiling of the DIGIDHAN logo, launch of an awareness campaign called Digital Payments Sandesh Yatra with digital payments anthem titled ‘Chutki Baja ke’ (cashless, touchless, paperless). Top Banks and Fintechs were awarded & recognized in various categories for their achievements in FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21 towards the promotion of digital payments. During the event, MeitY also recognised the contribution of four payment system aggregators for onboarding street vendors under the PM SVANidhi Scheme.
Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Railways and Communications congratulated the winners and placed a challenge before the bankers to create a platform as powerful and seamless as the UPI for providing quick and easy credit to the MSMEs, small industries, small businessmen and people at the bottom of the pyramid. “You (bankers) have today a very good ecosystem of Aadhar, Digilocker and UPI to take up the challenge. Work on the challenge for the next three months, come back and I will work the whole day with you to look at the concepts you have brought,” he said.
Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship delivered a special address recognising the efforts of the BFSI & Fintech players for making the dream of a less-cash, digitally empowered and AatmaNirbhar Bharat a reality.
He said that it was due to the efforts of PM Shri Narendra Modi that now, even during the pandemic, citizens could get their benefits directly into their account with no leakage, corruption, and in the most responsible manner that any democratic government can do. “The performance of India in digital payment space is the envy of nations around the world that years ago thought they are ahead in technology and innovation,” he added.
The keynote speaker at the event Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY emphasised the vision to make India a less-cash society and shared his insights on the need for a robust and secure payment ecosystem. “Coming on top of Aadhar, UPI has created a certain magic, making it a living digital identity for which we don’t even require a card in pocket. UPI is not just a database or a project, it is a nationwide ecosystem where everyone is welcome to join in.
UPI continues to grow at an unexpected pace…but we still have many miles to go. Till we see cash our work is not complete,” he said.
Ms. Simmi Chaudhary, Economic Adviser, MeitY highlighted the importance of digital payments in this unprecedented time caused by the COVID pandemic globally. “Thanks to the wide acceptance of customers, we have been witnessing exponential growth in Digital payments year after year and especially during the pandemic. The total transaction volume has increased from Rs 2,071 crore in financial year 2018 to Rs 5,551 crore in financial year 2021. Digital payments have been keeping the economy running and helping people reduce the contact with the virus”.
Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:
Testing ramped up in Karnataka to over a lakh/day:
New cases in State: 456
New cases in B’lore: 256
Positivity rate: 0.41%
Discharges: 330 (B’lore- 214)
Deaths: 06 (B’lore- 02)
Active cases in State: 7,132
Active cases in B’lore: 5,136
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi visits mining sites at Badi Haveli in Chamkaur Sahib constituency, where he finds nothing illegal as the sand is being sold @ ₹5.50 per cusec as stipulated by the State Government.CMO Punjab
Jairam Ramesh – MP, Former Union Minister:
Chairman Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu says Parliament MUST meet for atleast 100 days and state assemblies for atleast 90 days in a year.
I fully support this.
Parliament must not only meet, but deliberate on Bills at length and debate issues in depth.
Hope he can make it a reality
Spent this morning at the beautiful Loktak lake along with Sambit Swaraj and our Manipur state spokesperson Asnikumar Moirangthem from the constituency.Amit Malviya – National In-charge of BJP’s IT Dept.
The lake, one of the largest fresh water bodies in Asia, is the epicentre of Manipur’s culture and way of life in many ways.
Is it true that Channi sahib went to a different mining site today and not the one visited by Raghav yesterday?Arvind kejriwal – cm, delhi
And Channi sahib declared it as legal, whereas the one visited by Raghav is a different site and is illegal.
How can a CM be sooo blatant?
Attended Mega Legal Services Camp organised by Uttarakhand SLSA in Pithoragarh along with Executive Chairman of NALSA & Judge of Supreme Court Justice U.U. Lalit, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, Justice R.S.Chauhan along with other dignitaries.kiren rijiju – union minister for law & justice
Bringing Justice closer to the people.
Happy to see large number of people gathered in the Mega Legal Services Camp organised by SLSA, Uttarakhand at Pithoragarh.
Good to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the 5th Indian Ocean Conference. His address was a prominent feature of the inaugural session.Dr S jaishankar – external affairs minister
Congratulations IndiaMansukh mandaviya – union minister for health
It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated
We will win the battle against COVID-19 together
Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister for Law & Justice:
Justice closer to the people.
On the way to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand with Justice U.U. Lalit, Judge of Supreme Court & Justice R.S. Chauhan, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court to attend NALSA event as part of pan-India Legal Awareness and Outreach Campaign.
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