The district administration has adopted Fazalpur Badli village, 27 kms from Gurgaon, to develop it as a model cashless village. The roughly 3,000 residents of the village will be provided bank accounts, ATM and Rupay cards.
Camps to open bank accounts and train villagers in cashless transactions started on Tuesday following the state government’s initiative to develop at least one village in every district as a model cashless village.
The state government’s decision last week followed the Centre’s push to create a cashless economy. Since such an idea is far-fetched in rural areas where people not even have bank accounts, the government is focusing on holding camps and training villagers in cashless transactions through cards, online transactions, and mobile wallets.
“Making villages cashless is an uphill task, but generating awareness will yield some results,” said Ramesh Chandra Nayak, lead district manager. He said the lead bank is holding camps to open villagers’ accounts so that they can start going cashless in a phased manner.
The district authorities held a meeting with Fazalpur Badli’s panchayat representatives and bank officials on Monday to streamline the process.
Village residents are also being enrolled for Aadhaar cards whose numbers would be later connected to their bank accounts, said an official monitoring the drive.
The administration has already started the process of carrying out cashless transactions in all government departments. Respective departments have ordered Point of Sale machines or swipe machines that are expected to be operational by next week.
In its effort to boost cashless transactions, the Faridabad administration too has decided to provide two swipe machines to each of the 144 villages under its jurisdiction. The machines would be used to pay water and electricity bills and at public distribution shops.