Anand Mahindra buys fruits using India’s digital currency, later tweets video

Jan 26, 2023 07:38 PM IST

Anand Mahindra recently tweeted a video that captures him buying fruits from a local vendor using India’s digital currency, e-rupee.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra recently learnt about India’s digital currency, e-rupee, at the RBI’s board meeting. Following this, he visited a local fruit vendor to buy some fruits and settled the payment with digital currency. Anand Mahindra has now taken to Twitter to share a video documenting his purchase with a local fruit vendor using e-rupee. According to Mahindra, fruit vendor Bachche Lal Sahani is one of the first merchants in India to accept such payments.

Anand Mahindra buying fruits from a local vendor using e-rupee, India’s digital currency.(Twitter/@anandmahindra)
Anand Mahindra buying fruits from a local vendor using e-rupee, India’s digital currency.(Twitter/@anandmahindra)

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“At the Reserve Bank’s board meeting today, I learned about the @RBI digital currency-the e-rupee. Right after the meeting I visited Bachche Lal Sahani, a nearby fruit vendor who is one of the first merchants to accept it. #DigitalIndia in action! (Got great pomegranates as well!),” wrote Anand Mahindra while sharing a video.

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The video that is slowly gaining traction opens to show Anand Mahindra purchasing pomegranates from Sahani. As the video progresses, he scans a QR code to pay him with digital rupees. After successful payment, he shows his phone’s screen to the vendor, who nods in affirmation. Towards the end, a loud audio confirmation by the soundbox is also heard. It announces, “Digital rupees of 200 successfully received.”

For those unaware, the e-rupee is the digital version of Indian currency and is in its pilot phase in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar.

Watch the video right here:

Since being shared a day ago, the tweet has accumulated over 1.4 million views, and the numbers are still going up. Many also flocked to the comments section to share their thoughts.

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Here’s how people reacted to the video:

“Digital revolution is taking our economy further,” wrote politician Pratap Arunbhau Adsad with a folded hands emoticon. Fact Protocol co-founder Mohith Agadi reacted to it and wrote, “Indian #CBDC.” “Wow, a positive step towards digital currency,” posted an individual. “It’s simply amazing to see the transformation digital and payments tech are bringing,” commented another. “Just awesome,” shared a third. “This is really cool…,” expressed a fourth. Many in the comments section also pointed out the ban on plastic bags.


    Arfa Javaid is a journalist working with the Hindustan Times' Delhi team. She covers trending topics, human interest stories, and viral content online.

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