Mumbai’s dabbawalas, who are famous for their time-management skills, are the latest in the list to endorse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. They have adopted the technology through their ‘Digital Dabbawala’ website with the intention to reduce time and expenses. “We are following PM Modi’s path of digital India and will save time and money. We’ll register people by verifying Aadhaar card and PAN card,” said Ravindra, a dabbawala.
The website has been launched to cater to Mumbai and Thane areas – they can register themselves online to enjoy Dabbawala’s service at their doorstep. This will also make payments easier through the online channel and thereby boost the government drive to transform India into a cashless economy – one of the goals of the demonetisation drive of PM Modi.
“We are being part of changing India. More will join and we’ll hopefully achieve PM’s dream of a cashless economy, said Subhash Talekar. “The website in itself describes motive, goals and dedication of these ‘time gurus’, he added.
Digital Dabbawala is an initiative to combine technology, government’s latest e-initiatives and doorstep service through trusted dabbawalas, to give you a hassle-free experience. We have started with rental agreement registration and have made it extremely easy and convenient, with low and transparent charges!,” the homepage of the portal has been quoted on behalf of all dabbawalas.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised dabbawalas’ move in a tweet, “(I) was delighted to read about Mumbai’s famous Dabbawalas becoming Digital Dabbawalas & embracing latest technology to provide better service.”
Dabbawalas’ move is also an aftermath of demonetisation that erupted a cash crunch in the economy. The ban on higher denomination bank notes scrapped around 86 per cent of total cash of Indian economy.
One of the major economic reform to curb black money and counterfeit currency, demonetisation has received a mixed reaction from people as well politicians, However, opposition is still protesting against is from parliament to roads.