Manipur’s Karang is India’s first cashless islan

  • Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, has become the country’s first cashless island.
  • The Union ministry of electronics and information technology under its Digital India programme announced Karang as the first cashless island in India.
  • Confirming it, deputy commissioner M Harekrishna of Bishnupur district said the island fulfilled the Centre’s necessary criteria.
  • The Karang island is located in the middle of Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India.
  • The campaign was held from January 9 to 12.
  • Karang Island Boat Association and Panthoibi Khoyol Standard Association extended help in holding campaigns on cashless transactions.
  • “People here took pledge to contribute to the government’s vision of creating a cashless gram panchayat as no banking service available in the Island.
  • “Now, most of the Karang families opt for cashless transactions.
  • So far, 400 beneficiaries, 16 merchants, including six motor boat service providers, have registered themselves. We will be providing a card swipe machine within this month so that the island families can become 100% cashless society.
  • Akodara, a village in Gujarat, had attained the unique status to be India’s first digital village in 2015.

Source:Hindustan Times

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