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5 Schemes For Digital India From Budget Speech 2017-18

5 Schemes For Digital India From Budget Speech 2017-18

One of the main objectives of the government is to remove the component of black money from the economy, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as he presented the Union Budget for 2017-18. To achieve that objective, the government had to take difficult measures such as demonetization. The demonetization made us take first steps towards going digital. Jaitley points out,"India is at the cusp of a massive digital revolution". Here are major highlights for Digital India from Arun Jaitley's budget speech.

Rural High-Speed Broadband Connectivity
The Finance Minister said that by the end of 2017-18, high-speed broadband connectivity on optic fibers will be available in more than 1,50,000 gram panchayats.

No more service charges on e-tickets from IRCTC
Finally, the service charges that existed on e-tickets booked from IRCTC will be withdrawn. However, this is available only when booked through the IRTC website and not third parties.

New Centralised Online Booking System for Soldiers
The New Centralised Defence Travel System is introduced to help soldiers and defence personals to make their travel needs easy. Now they can book tickets online through the new booking system, saving them from the need to stand in long queues.

Aadhar Based Smart Card for Senior Citizens
Senior Citizens will soon get an Aadhar based smart card. The smart cards will be designed to monitor their health.

Aadhar Pay to be Launched
One of the proposals in the budget speech is to restrict cash transactions above Rs 3 lakhs. That means more push towards digital payments. The Bhim app has been adopted by 1.25 crore people, said Arun Jaitley. A new scheme called Aadhaar Pay to be launched soon for those without e-wallets, phones, and debits cards. Additionally, there will be a merchant version of Aadhaar-enabled payment system for those without debit cards.

Also Read: Bhim App: Everything You Need To Know

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