by Vijaykumar Patil
In a welcome development in continuation of broader agenda of the Government to put the entire country into the “digital mode” towards cashless transactions, the State Bank of India launched the “Digital Village” at Yamkanmardi of Hukkeri taluk.
Stated to be first of its kind in Northern Karnataka, the facility will be formally launched at a function to be held at Hanji International School premises in the town at 5 p.m. on Friday, coinciding with the birth anniversary of Dr.Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.
The initiative is part of SBI’s endeavour to adopt 100 villages towards Digital India Mission of Govt of India.
“In our march towards a successful Digital India, the roots of which lie in our villages, SBI adopted 100 villages in the country to complete the process of effective digitalisation, which will lead to ‘Less Cash society’ in due course,” said V.V. Dattawadkar,
Regional Manager, SBI in a press release issued here on Thursday.
He said the merchants in Yamakanamaradi had been provided with mobile hand sets and biometric devices free of cost, and trained to use these devices. Customers’ accounts have been linked with Aadhar Cards. The BHIM-AADHAR-SBI will enable the merchants to accept payments from their clients by simple thumb impression, enabling the merchants to have their accounts credited instantly. This would result in a small and steady step towards realising the dream of Digital India and moving towards a transparent economy.