Congress slams NITI Aayog’s scheme to incentivise digital payments

"The real challenge of the government, which is reducing poverty, bringing fall in infant mortality rate, getting the sex ratio up, out of these, the NITI Aayog has not even given a one-rupia prize to anybody," said Dikshit.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2016 9:04 pm
banks, banks, digital payments, digital payment, demonetisation, demonetisation effect, digital transactions, digital india, cashless economy, cashless transactions, cashless excahnge, narendra modi government, india news, indian express news The detail guideline of the scheme will be unveiled soon, however, it would be ensured that all those who have used digital payment systems after November 8 will be eligible to participate in the scheme, the NITI Aayog stated.

Slamming NITI Aayog’s decision to reward Rs 1 crore for promoting e-payment, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday questioned the government whether cashless exchange was more important to it than poverty eradication, employment generation and providing better life to the people. “What NITI Aayog has done to promote the government’s policy is fair enough. You can give a prize of (Rs) one crore, two crores or whatever you want, but the interesting and amusing part is that the real challenge of the government, which is reducing poverty, bringing fall in infant mortality rate, getting the sex ratio up, reducing malnourishment, out of these, the NITI Aayog has not even given a one-rupia prize to anybody,” said Sandeep Dikshit.

“The problem with NITI Aayog is that in terms of employment, it cannot give prize to anybody, because unemployment is increasing and growth has stagnated, so you cannot reward anybody. Poverty is not reducing, thus, it cannot reward anyone for it; infant mortality rate and health is stagnating, so you can’t reward anybody; there is no initiative in education, so you cannot give prize to anyone,” he said, adding the government is a “complete failure so it is subverting every attention to cashless (exchange)”.

“You are rewarding somebody-to say that rather than keeping my own money, I will give money to Chinese company like Paytm that charges 2.5 per cent on every transaction-so, to make them rich, the government is ultimately rewarding you,” said the Congress leader. Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dikshit added, “If my money is deposited in banks like ICICI, HDFC, IDBI, then its CEOs will earn profit by investing my money into short-term deposits and get astronomical salary. If these people living on my money and earning crores per month, then ‘it is advisable for the Prime Minister’, but if I will keep my money in cash under my own security, then it would be wrong for the nation.

“The government and NITI Aayog are going to completely sale off all every little assets that I have to the service of the rich, who own and runs the banks, who take service from the banks, who take credits from the banks and for whom Indian banking system works.” he said. The NITI Aayog has planned an incentive scheme, including Rs one crore prize, for those who use digital payment systems the most, as the government steps up measures to push electronic transactions.

Guiding India towards being a cashless society, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has proposed that all consumers and merchants using digital payments will be eligible for two levels of incentive amounts available under the scheme: weekly lucky draw of the transaction IDs generated in that week, the contours of which are being finalised, and quarterly draw for grand prizes. The detail guideline of the scheme will be unveiled soon, however, it would be ensured that all those who have used digital payment systems after November 8 will be eligible to participate in the scheme, the NITI Aayog stated.

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    Dinesh Singh
    Dec 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    Actually these Tasks have already accomplished by UPA and congress govts since 1947 so our PM is doing the job what congress could never dare and did nothing substantial to even begin the thought process on the elaborated issues..
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    Abhishek
    Dec 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    Congress under RG is slamming anything and everything that is in national interest ...with the sole purpose of opposing Modi
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    Gautam
    Dec 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm
    What congress proposes as alternative is to use cash and that is not traceable and people can enjoy corruption which congress has been promoting for past 65 years of scams after scams.
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    Priyank
    Dec 12, 2016 at 3:35 am
    Scamgress are in shock because a cashless society would mean no more scams for them and hi family to loot India
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    Pawar Ajith
    Dec 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    Congress looted the country in the name of various schemes. Probably 5% of money spent on various schemes reached the target. 95% money went into Congress politicians hands. They increased poverty by various schemes. Now targeting other people for the schemes.
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    Ramprasad Padmanabhan
    Dec 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm
    Where does Paytm charge 2.5 %lt;br/gt;And storing cash is bad for the nation's economy. In advanced countries people don't do it Rahul hi knows this but is lying just to rake up some sympathy from the uneducated.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mr Rahul hilt;br/gt;Misleading people had kept you guys in power for 60 yrs .. but don't try that now. Indians are better informed in the new age
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