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Shri Narendra Modi will speak with you LIVE, face-to-face over Google+ Hangout on 31st August 2012

All you have to do is post a question, either a video or a text question

Speak with Shri Narendra Modi on “Strong & Glorious India long cherished by Swami Vivekananda!” Be the youth of Swami Vivekananda’s dreams!

The initiative is organized by Vivekananda Cell, Sports, Youth & Cultural Activities Department, Gujarat

 

In a yet another initiative to connect with the people of the country, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi is all set to speak with you LIVE, face-to-face over Google+ Hangout on 31st August 2012! Google+ Hangout is an application on Google+ that facilitates group video chat with upto a maximum of 10 persons.

We come across excerpts of interviews of politicians & leaders on television or newspapers or online, but it is for the first time that a common man gets to ask questions to a CM LIVE! All you have to do is post a question, either a video or a text question here! The last date for submitting questions is 27th August midnight.

For those who have always wanted to have a word with Shri Narendra Modi in person, this is the time for them! Speak with Shri Narendra Modi on “Strong & Glorious India long cherished by Swami Vivekananda!” Be the youth of Swami Vivekananda’s dreams! The questions posted here will be shortlisted and the selected questioners will be invited to join Shri Narendra Modi on Google+ hangout. The Hangout will be broadcasted LIVE on youtube! So, if you are not on the ‘Hangout’ session, you may as well watch it Live on YouTube!

The Google+ Hangout with Shri Narendra Modi is scheduled to happen on 31st August 2012, the 5th Friday of August 2012. To participate, you need to follow Shri Narendra Modi on Google+. To go to his profile and follow him, click here. This initiative is organized by the Vivekananda Cell, Sports, Youth & Cultural Activities Department, Gujarat & Google is the official partner of this initiative.

On an international level, among others who have interacted live with people before on Google+ hangout are USA President Barack Obama and Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Being abreast with modern technology is icing on a cake and Shri Narendra Modi has had an influential web presence since he came to power. Connecting with people on social media has been nothing new for Shri Modi. The tech-savvy CM already has a huge fan following on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, with more than 8 lakh followers on twitter and more than 6 lakh fans on facebook! His Google + account which was created only 2 months back, already has a huge followers base of more than 90,000!  Shri Narendra Modi has always believed in open exchange of views with people on a regular basis be it through any medium.

In India, when people talk about taking technology to the doorstep of common man, nobody misses out on making a mention of Shri Narendra Modi, as he is known for having a penchant for modern day technology and providing the same to the people residing in remote areas. He is committed to offering transparency in whatever work the state government takes on hand.

In a bid to achieve mass participation, the Chief Minister in the past has made optimum use of technology that has helped improvise governance and also speeded grievance redressal procedure. An example of this is Gujarat government’s SWAGAT e-governance system, a UN award winning initiative of Gujarat!  The government through e-governance has resolved thousands of long-pending complaints!

So, make the most of this chance to speak with Shri Narendra Modi, the leader who has envisioned and implemented change for good and post your question now!

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Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy
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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.