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Posted at: Jan 11, 2017, 1:47 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2017, 1:47 AM (IST)

10,000 bank accounts opened at Digi-Dhan mela

Chandigarh to become firstcashless city: Badnore

  • UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore announced that the UT Administration was working in the direction to make Chandigarh the first cashless city. While addressing a gathering at the Digi Dhan mela after distributing the prizes, Badnore said the city had already achieved many firsts in different areas. MP Kirron Kher while speaking on the occasion said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his wish to see the city as the first cashless city. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Science and Technology, said he digitisation would help all section of society and curb black money. Earlier, Adviser Parimal Rai said the aim was to make the Administration cashless, paperless and faceless for providing better services.
10,000 bank accounts opened at Digi-Dhan mela
MP Kirron Kher and UT Aviser Parimal Rai visit a stall at the Digi-Dhan mela at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOgraph

Ramkrishan Upadhyay

Tribune news service

Chandigarh, January 10

More than 15, 000 people thronged the “Digi-Dhan Mela” organised by the UT Administration with an aim to encourage adoption of digital payments at the Parade Ground in Sector 17 in Chandigarh today. 

Approximately 10, 000 new accounts were opened by the banks at the venue. More than 70 stalls were put by various banks where information regarding digital modes of payments were provided. Common service centres (CSCs), private digital payment service providers and traders body Confederation of All-India Traders (CAIT) also put up the stalls. Kirron Kher, MP inaugurated the mela.

UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Science and Technology (India) and Ministry of Earth Sciences, gave away prizes to the winners of Lucky Draw conducted for those who made payments through digital modes. A Cashless Dangal was also organised in the evening in which the winner wrestlers were given prize money by using digital modes of payment. Cashless food courts were also installed and cultural events were organised. 

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