Assam’s Hailakandi district becomes the first in the state to pay wages to tea garden workers through bank accounts.
The move follows Assam government’s directive of making cashless transactions to the plantation workers. It has, however, come much before the set deadline of 15 December 2016.
• Five correspondents from the Assam Gramin Vikash Bank assisted the payment process.
• It covered at least 504 plantation workers who are employed at the Burnie Braes tea estate. They all received their wages through their individual bank accounts.
• The move was made possible through the efforts put in by the District Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora, who held back-to-back meetings with bank officials along with the tea garden management and mobile service providers.
This move supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cashless India drive, following the shocking demonetization of old ₹500 and ₹1000 currency notes on 9 November 2016.
However, Assam is not the first Indian state to join the cashless drive, as Goa has already announced its intention of going fully cashless. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar revealed the same at a rally on 25 November 2016.
Dhasai, a small village in Maharashtra’s Thane District also became virtually cashless starting 2 December 2016. With a population of 5,000, it is the first village in the country to do so. The feat was made possible through the installation of 150 Point of Sale (PoS) machines.