The Jharkhand government on Tuesday announced launch of ‘Mission Cashless Jharkhand’ from December 2. Officials said that camps would be organised to help account holders download various banking apps, open new accounts particularly for the unorganised sector workers and to ensure there is at least one account per family as part of the mission.
Value Added Tax on smartphones costing up to Rs 5,000 would be waived off to encourage common people to buy them to switch to mobile internet banking. It would be scrapped for electronic point-of-sale (PoS) machines too to popularise their use for cashless transactions.
Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das, who will launch the mission from Ranchi’s Nagri Block, said that deputy commissioners should ensure that at least one block in their district shifts to cashless economy by December 28.