By: Mandhumula Pradeep
With a huge 22.26 crore digital transactions post demonetisation, Telangana has bagged number one position in e-transactions in the country.
Union IT Ministry data revealed that the transactions were more than double when compared to the first quarter after demonetisation when 10.2 crore digital transactions took place in the State. The National e-tall (Electronic Transactions Aggregation and Analysis Layer) portal under the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, which provides statistics of National and State-level e-Governance Projects, including mission mode projects, recorded the digital transactions in the State from the past six months. Telangana ranked first in digital transactions followed by Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The e-Transaction count recorded that 1.59 crore digital transactions took place in fifteen days from May 1 in the State while Kerala finishes second with only 97 lakh transactions.
According to the ETAA data, Telangana is number one in per capital transactions with 6,326 e-transactions per 1,000 people. This is credited to the intensive awareness campaign by the State government to go for cashless transactions. Other southern States such as Kerala and AP are ranked second and third respectively with the digital per capita transactions of 4,300 and 4,100.
After the demonetisation drive, the State government took various measures to encourage digital transactions. As a pilot project, Ibhrahimpur village was declared first cashless village in the State and ranked number two in entire country. The State government encouraged villagers to go for cashless transactions for even their grocery needs. Later, the State government asked all department officials to go for cashless transactions, including commercial tax, village panchayats, civil supplies, transport, electricity and all other government payments.
“Special drive was conducted by the State to make people pay utility bills online,” Finance Secretary Ramakrishna Rao said. Adding this, he said additional 10,000 Point of Sale (POS) machines were purchased after the demonetisation to encourage the digital transactions in the State. The State government had already interlinked 195 public services to various digital portals to encourage people to opt for digital way and to curb the intervention of middlemen.
Out of 22.26 crore digital transactions, interestingly the highest number of transactions (13.8 crore) were done in Rural Development Department. The State recorded 8.43 crore transactions in Employment Guarantee Scheme for payment of wages through digital mode. All the EGS card holders are asked to open bank accounts and payments were directly credited to their accounts,” said Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Jupally Krishna Rao.
After several appeals from the State government and encouragement given by the Energy Department, people also favoured paying their power, water, LRS and house tax bills online. Nearly, power bills worth Rs 43 lakh were paid online. The surge in e-transactions will help the State government to weed out corruption and help the citizens save their time, observed Finance Department officials.