IMPHAL| A tiny village in Manipur is poised to become the first cashless island in the country.
The picturesque lake island located in the middle of the famous Loktak lake, Karang in Bishnupur district, is a popular tourist destination. Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India.
“Officials of the district administration and village representatives have begun using digital methods of payment. The place is poised to become the first cashless island in the country,” deputy commissioner of the district M Harekrishna said.
The island has a population of of 1,859, according to the 2011 Census. Common Service Centre (CSC) Bishnupur district Manager Prasant Oinam said the residents of Karang island have pledged to contribute to the Government’s vision of creating a cashless Gram Panchayat to make citizens’ life easy and comfortable as no banking service is available in the island.
Now, most of the families in Karang are using e-wallet (SBI Buddy), SBI-freedom, UBI-Unified Payment Interface and Aadhar-enabled payment system for digital payments for mobile recharge and other payments, etc.
So far, 400 beneficiaries, 16 traders and six motor boat service providers have registered with the Common Service Centre. Arrangements are being made to provide card swiping machine so that the island can achieve 100 per cent cashless society soon.
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