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"Shri Modi to speak on ‘Technology in Politics’ at Google Big Tent Activate Summit 2013 on 21st March 2013"
"Shri Modi to interact with Google Chairman Mr. Eric Schmidt via Google Hangout"
"Eminent people from various walks of life to hear Shri Modi at the Summit"

On Thursday 21st March 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will speak on ‘Technology in Politics’ at theGoogle Big Tent Activate Summit 2013 Shri Narendra Modi’s speech will commence at 2:15 PM. Shri Modi will address the Summit through a Google+ Hangout.

Before delivering the address Shri Modi will interact with Mr. Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google Inc. via Google+ Hangout.

Big Tent Summits are hosted by Google and they bring together the finest minds, political leaders, thinkers to talk about a variety of issues. Such Big Tent Summits have been held across the world including in New York City, London, Berlin, Madrid, Nairobi, Moscow, Seoul to name a few. This Summit will focus on
the influence of the web in shaping India's future, in the areas of business and economics, politics and governance, culture and media, and education.

When it comes to the incorporation of technology in the day to day functioning of the Government, Shri Narendra Modi is a trendsetter in India today. He firmly believes that technology is nothing but easy, effective and economical governance, which inspired him to infuse the working of the state administration with latest technology.

Shri Modi is also a leader who has been at the forefront of using technology in terms of engaging with people across the world. Shri Modi is very active on all leading mediums of social media. On Twitter he has over 13 lakh followers and he also active on Facebook. On both these mediums, Shri Modi shares thoughts, views and updates on development initiatives of Gujarat Government. Shri Modi’s You Tube Channel is home to a wide range of speeches given by the Chief Minister. He is also very active on Google+.

On August 31st 2012 Shri Modi scripted history when he interacted with people via Google Hangout. The Hangout has been one of the most successful Hangouts, viewed by 40,00,000 people either on TV, Internet or on social media. The number of nations where the Hangout was viewed was 121! Shri Modi answered a variety of questions on policy as well as several personal anecdotes.

Shri Modi wrote history yet again when he used 3D projection technology to interact with people across the length and breath of Gujarat during the 2012 Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Elections. During the speeches the Chief Minister spoke about the development of Gujarat and took on the votebank politics of the Congress Party. Shri Modi’s 3D interaction also entered the Guinness World Records for the most simultaneous shows of the Pepper’s Ghost Illusion.

Come Thursday, Shri Modi will yet again rewrite the rules of the game and talk about how latest technology has brought a qualitative difference in the lives of the people at large.

 

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Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy
December 08, 2016
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Govt introduces a package of incentives for promotion of digital and cashless economy
0.75% discount on purchase of petrol/diesel through digital means
Deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000
Discount upto 0.5% for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made digitally
All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, there has been a surge in the digital transactions through use of credit/debit cards and mobile phone applications/e-wallets etc. To further accelerate this process, the Central Government has decided on a package of incentives and measures for promotion of digital and cashless economy in the country. 

These incentives/measures are following: 

  1. The Central Government Petroleum PSUs shall give incentive by offering a discount at the rate of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol or diesel at such petrol pumps per day who can take benefit of this incentive scheme.  It is estimated that petrol/diesel worth Rs.1800 crore is sold per day to the customers out of which nearly 20% was being paid through digital means.  In the month of November 2016 it has increased to 40% and the cash transaction of Rs.360 crore per day have got shifted to cashless transaction methods.  The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30% more customer to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps.

  1. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Central Government through NABARD will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000.  These POS machines are intended to be deployed at primary cooperative societies/milk societies/agricultural input dealers to facilitate agri-related transactions through digital means.

This will benefit farmers of one lakh village covering a total population of nearly 75 crore who will have facility to transact cashlessly in their villages for their agri needs. 

  1. The Central Government through NABARD will also support Rural Regional Banks and Cooperative Banks to issue “Rupay Kisan Cards” to 4.32 crore Kisan Credit Card holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines/Micro ATMs/ATMs.
  1. Railway through its sub urban railway network shall provide incentive by way of discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 80 lakh passengers use seasonal or monthly ticket on suburban railways, largely in cash, spending worth nearly Rs.2,000 crore per year.  As more and more passengers will shift to digital means the cash requirement may get reduced by Rs.1,000 crore per year in near future.

  1. All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh.

Nearly 14 lakh railway passengers are buying tickets everyday out of which 58% tickets are bought online through digital means.  It is expected that another 20% passengers may shift to digital payment methods of buying railway tickets.  Hence nearly 11 lakh passengers per day will be covered under the accidental insurance scheme.

  1. For paid services e.g. catering, accommodation, retiring rooms etc. being offered by railways through its affiliated entities/corporations to the passengers, it will provide a discount of 5% for payment of these services through digital means.

All the passengers travelling on railways availing these services may avail the benefit.

  1. Public sector insurance companies will provide incentive, by way of discount or credit, upto 10% of the premium in general insurance policies and 8% in new life policies of Life Insurance Corporation sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means.
  1. The Central Government Departments and Central Public Sector Undertakings will ensure that transactions fee/MDR charges associated with payment through digital means shall not be passed on to the consumers and all such expenses shall be borne by them.  State Governments are being advised that the State Governments and its organizations should also consider to absorb the transaction fee/MDR charges related to digital payment to them and consumer should not be asked to bear it.
  1. Public sector banks are advised that merchant should not be required to pay more than Rs. 100 per month as monthly rental for PoS terminals/Micro ATMs/mobile POS from the merchants to bring small merchant on board the digital payment eco system.

Nearly 6.5 lakh machines by Public Sector Banks have been issued to merchants who will be benefitted by the lower rentals and promote digital transactions.  With lower rentals, more merchants will install such machines and promote digital transactions. 

  1. No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs.2000 per transaction.
  1. For the payment of toll at Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% will be available to users in the year 2016-17.