Modi emphasises digital transactions in his monthly 'Mann ki Baat'

He spoke about building a 'New India', which he said will become possible if all Indians take a pledge and work towards it. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Delhi, India Mar 26, 2017, 11.30 AM (IST)

Taking the campaign against black money forward, the Prime Minister today urged Indians to support the movement towards digital payment and to use less cash in their daily lives.

“My dear countrymen, we must take our fight against black money and corruption to the next level. .... We should contribute towards ensuring reducing the use of cash, of currency notes,” the Prime Minister said.

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He was addressing the people in his monthly "Mann ki Baat".

He spoke about building a "New India", which he said will become possible if all Indians take a pledge and work towards it.

He said that people should pay school fees, buy medicines or items from fair price shops and buy train or air tickets digitally.

"You can’t imagine how you can serve the country in this way and become a brave soldier in the fight against black money and corruption,” the Prime Minister said.

He expressed his gratitude towards the people and said that over the last few months they have participated in the digital movement, "digidhan".

Highlighting the fact that the BHIM App, launched to push digital transactions, has already been downloaded by one and half crore people, the Prime Minister said, "There has also been an increase in curiosity about cashless transactions. The poorest of the poor are making attempts to learn, and people are gradually moving towards doing business without cash. There has been a surge in various modes of digital payment after demonetisation.”
 
He also greeted the people of Bangladesh on their independence day and said that India will always stand with the country in maintaining peace, security and development in the region.

(WION with inputs from PTI)