SRINAGAR: The GoI on Tuesday said it has disbursed over Rs 153.5 crore as reward money to nearly 10 lakh users for promoting digital payments across the country under different schemes.
In a statement issued by PIB, Maharashtra topped the list in embracing digital payments followed by Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.
According to the NCPI data, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi have emerged as the top five places with a maximum number of winners.
The winners belong to diverse socio-economic backgrounds – farmers, merchants, small entrepreneurs, professionals, housewives, students and retired persons.
Among the 9.8 lakh winners are more than 9.2 lakh consumers and 56,000 merchants, 120 consumers have won prize money worth Rs. 1 lakh each, 4,000 merchants have won Rs. 50,000 prize money each.
The statement said the winners include Delhi’s 22-year-old cab driver, Sabir, who won Rs 100,000 under the scheme for consumers.
“Digital payments are a blessing in disguise for him because he has to take care of his mother and differently-abled sister and doesn’t have time to stand in” queues for cash, the NITI statement said.
Another winner Bhim Singh, 29, is a wheat farmer from Hissar in Haryana who uses digital payments for buying supplies from wholesalers.
Among the merchants, Damodar Prasad Khandelwal, a 42-year-old grocery store owner from Alwar in Rajasthan, has won Rs 50,000. Manju R. Gowda, a 32-year-old fast-food restaurant owner in Mumbai, is another winner of Rs 50,000 under the scheme for merchants.