Haryana government’s cashless diktat: here’re key takeaways

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2016 12:15:56 PM

In a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a cashless and digital economy in the country, Haryana government has directed its employees to make at least one digital transaction within the next seven days from their mobile phones.

In a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a cashless and digital economy in the country, Haryana government has directed its employees to make at least one digital transaction within the next seven days from their mobile phones. (PTI)In a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a cashless and digital economy in the country, Haryana government has directed its employees to make at least one digital transaction within the next seven days from their mobile phones. (PTI)

In a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a cashless and digital economy in the country, Haryana government has directed its employees to make at least one digital transaction within the next seven days from their mobile phones and submit “certificates” of compliance. According to an Indian Express report, employees associations have condemned the order and alleged that the ruling BJP dispensation led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar cannot force them to make online payments. “State government is giving thrust to promote the usage of less-cash/ digital economy and encourage people as well as government officials to use bank apps like SBI Buddy, USSD and Unified Payment Interface system,” the order said. It said that all “officers/incharges will personally download the app on their mobile phones and do at least one transaction within seven days”. The order also stated that officers, including those in field offices, will enroll, train and assist their household helps and personal staff in the office to download the app on their mobile phones. The decision is expected to impact 2.35 lakh employees in the state.

It has been learned that the government has appointed two nodal officers to whom each department will hand over proof of compliance submitted by employees. Camps are to be held with the help of banks to training employees on how to make digital transactions. The order was issued on December 2 and the date of compliance has been given as December 9, but it’s yet to be implemented because not all departments have received the directive. An official in the state’s education department, however, said they were yet to begin training employees in cashless transactions.

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Over the last few weeks, the Haryana government has taken several steps to go cashless. Administrative secretaries have been allotted different districts where they were required to train people from different sections in digital transactions, the report said. “If the government had to take such a decision, the representatives of employees should have been taken into confidence. The government is not giving any allowance to purchase smart phones or internet connections. Not all employees have these. We have registered our protest on the issue,” said S K Lamba, general secretary, Haryana Power union.

“Around 15 to 20 days ago, the Chief Minister took the initiative to prioritise digital transactions. In all districts, traffic challans can now be paid digitally. We have called for a few hundred machines where you can swipe cards and pay money. The idea is to move towards plastic payments,” said Bhupeshwar Dayal, OSD to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. According to Dharambir, general secretary, Haryana Roadways Workers Union, “We have been told that the government has issued such an order, though we have not yet been instructed to make digital payments. It is not a feasible option as many employees do not have smart phones. Network is a problem, too.”

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