Two Union ministers made digital payments at shops to promote the idea here on Saturday, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inquired from his ministerial colleagues about steps they had taken to popularise less cash transactions.
Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan made a debit card payment of Rs 50 at a juice shop outside Delhi’s Udhyog Bhavan. He acknowledged infrastructure issues regarding swipe machines but expressed confidence that the situation will improve. Paswan would visit his constituency of Hajipur to take a stock of cashless transactions at small shops there.
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister Radha Mohan Singh visited some Mother Dairy Milk and Safal outlets to promote digital transactions. He made payments through SBI Mother Dairy Smart Change Cards and e-wallet to buy dairy products.
Singh inquired about payment options available and saw a demonstration on ease of purchase through digital mode. “At Mother Dairy booths, only 2,000-2,500 people used to make digital payments before demonetisation decision. Now their numbers have risen to 30,000-35,000,’’ he said. “We have decided to carry such reviews to promote digital transactions…,” he added.
Sources said that more Union ministers would follow suit to promote digital payments, including in their constituencies. The Prime Minister is said to be keen that those holding key positions take pro-active initiatives in this regard.
A Union minister said that it has become a routine feature and ministers are asked the steps being taken for digital economy in Union Cabinet meetings.