Within a month of making digital payments for the first time, Isham Singh, a 66-year-old farmer in Haryana’s Karnal, has won a government lottery to get Rs 1 lakh.
Singh is among the 7.6 lakh people who bagged money in the NDA government-backed lucky draw scheme to push digital payments.
The scheme - Lucky Grahak Yojana - launched in December last year by NITI Aayog, is aimed to provide incentives to people to go cashless. It has been holding lotteries to select the lucky winners ever since.
“Isham Singh, 66, was introduced to digital payments only a month before he won the lucky draw,” said a government press release. Altogether, the government has so far spent Rs 117 crore as prizes for embracing Digital Payments.
The schemes were launched even as Prime Minister Narenda Modi faced all-round criticism from his political opponents and a section of economists for banning 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
The government data shows that Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are the top five states with maximum number of winners.
The data also reveals that most of the winners are in the age group of 21 to 30 years, indicating the popularity of digital transactions among the youth.
Altogether 90 consumers won the individual jackpot of Rs 1 lakh. Among the others who won Rs 1 lakh is Anshul Gangwar, a 23 year-old technician from Ahmedabad and Mangesh Anantrao Jadhav, a 27 year-old police officer.