India’s first cashless Island: Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi distributed awards under various categories for successfully implementing various government schemes. It was Manipur’s Karang island that became first cashless island of India. Island was awarded by PM Narendra Modi for being fully digital. The remote Karang island of Manipur was cut from mainland for a considerable long time due to insurgency. But now use of digital technology has improved the conditions a lot. Currently 97% of electricity bills in the island are paid through digital methods.
Other awards and Honours
Apart from Karang, PM also honoured its bureaucrats for implementing various initiatives of government smoothly mainly Goods and Services Tax (GST). Modi also congratulated and awarded civil servants for properly implementing of government’s four schemes which are Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban and Rural), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, and for promoting digital payments.
PM also honoured concerned officials of Daman and Haryana’s Sonipat for making electronic payments popular. Banka district administration in Bihar was also awarded for implementing technology in education under innovation category.
Kangra in Himachal Pradesh and MP’s Neemuch were also awarded for an effective implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) which was aimed at pucca houses with basic amenities to all homeless people in rural areas. Whereas PM’s award for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) was given to Puducherry and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Telangana where houses to poor people at affordable rates were provided.
It was Beed in Maharashtra and West Tripura who got awards for successfully implementing Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (a crop insurance scheme).