Akodara a village in Gujarat known to be India’s fist digital village is handling the situation after demonetisation in a hassle free manner, while a lot of people across the country are still struggling to exchange their Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 scrapped currency notes.
Long serpentine queues outside the banks and ATMs were witnessed after the announcement of demoneitsation even in metro cities of the country. Whereas, going cashless seems to be no big deal for Akodara.
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About 220 families in Akodara have access to e-banking facilities and they use it for buying their daily house hold products from milk & vegetable to bread & eggs. Their bank accounts are linked to their mobile phones and they make online transactions with ease using the village Wi-Fi.
Akodara is located 90 km from Ahemdabad, in Sabarkantha distict of Gujarat. The village was recently adopted by ICICI bank recently as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India Campaign.
The village is an perfect example of how we can become cashless economy. Even the grocer in village accepts payments through e-banking for any sale above Rs. 10 and the local dairy cooperatives also transfers money directly to the bank accounts of farmers since last year, instead of paying in cash.
Not just this they enjoying benefits of government schemes, as their accounts are linked to their Aadhar Cards by which governments benefits are directly transferred to their savings accounts.