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Over 70% rural citizens adopted e-wallets for transactions: IT Ministry

Other favoured options include Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, Aadhaar Enabled Payment System & Cards or Point of Sale, the Ministry stated.

Published: 20th December 2016 10:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2016 10:12 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: More than 70 per cent of rural citizens have adopted e-wallets followed by Unified Payment Interface (UPI) payment option, the Electronics and IT Ministry said today.

"An overview of the current data available with the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) shows that more than 70 per cent rural citizens have adopted the methods of e-wallets, 16 per cent opted for Unified Payment Interface (UPI)," the ministry said in a release.

Others looked at Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) & Cards or Point of Sale(PoS). Similarly, more than 85 per cent of the merchants have adopted the e-wallet system and 13 per cent have opted for UPI, the statement said.

"The speed and scale at which digital transformation in taking place in India is paving the way for a digitally empowered, participative and inclusive society," MeitY Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.

Under its Digital Payments awareness and training programme, the Ministry said that Common Service Centre (CSC) network, which provides government service in rural area, has enrolled over 25 lakh rural citizens for digital payments. "Achieving the 25 lakh mark in such a short time is an indication of the pace at which digital adoption is gaining momentum among rural citizens," Sundararajan said.

"Over 55,000 merchants have started offering digital payment options to rural customers across various districts and blocks in India," the statement said. The DigiDhan Abhiyan aims to reach over one crore rural citizens through this massive outreach programme. The campaign aims to cover two lakh Common Service Centres (CSC) in rural and semi-urban areas and also reach out to 2.5 lakh Gram panchayats across the country.

The centres will cover one member from each household and will cater to 40 households in a catchment area.



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