New Delhi: Along the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest Mann ki Baat, broadcast via radio on 27 November, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) (MHRD) has decided to further the campaign to urge the young people of the nation, generally known to be more digital-savvy than the older generations, to teach the elders in their respective families and friend circles how to use plastic and electronic money in the post-demonetisation period.
In this regard, Minister of HRD Prakash Javadekar is going to address the youth through a video conference tomorrow at 4 pm.
Earlier, in a workshop attended by the minister, Ministers of State of HRD Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey and Upendra Kushwaha, along with 200 officials of the ministry, none below the rank of a section officer, the experts from NITI Aayog had explained to them how the people could use electronic money in the new era while the government is trying to move to a less-cash — if not cashless — economy.
In the course of the workshop, the economists shared with the ministers and officials the information that the country has 70 crore odd debit and credit cards, most of which are grossly under-utilised as tools to withdraw cash from automated teller machines (ATMs) while they can easily be used for shopping as well.
Javadekar, in turn, is going to share this information and more in his appeal to the youth tomorrow. The video message will be broadcast to higher educational institutions from where the students can listen to the minister.
In the meantime, all educational institutions under the purview of the ministry have been urged to turn cashless. Several State governments are cooperating with the Union government in trying to make private institutions a part of this drive, too. A senior officer in the MHRD informed सिर्फ़ News that the governments are using persuasion rather than force to make schools, colleges and universities become part of the digital economy fully.
In related developments, Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu today addressed the officers of his ministry to explain the steps being taken by the government to facilitate a less cash economy and encouraging digital and online transactions.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment is working on a war-footing to facilitate cashless transfer of wages to workers with a view to promoting digital transactions.
Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar addressed about 1,000 sarpanches and gram panchayat secretaries from 8 States of the country, urging them to switch to digital transactions.