Amidst all the talks of India becoming a cashless economy, Assam already started its journey in that direction. The State government has stopped cash payments in majority sectors as money is being transferred through Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) and online mode, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today informed.
‘No cash payments are being allowed from the public resources flowing through budgetary control with majority payments being done digitally through RTGS and online transfers, while some payments are also being made through cheques,’ he told reporters here.
He said 70 per cent of the public expenditure flowing though the State budget was committed to expenditure like salary and pension, adding that these transactions have been made 100 per cent digital with around 4.35 lakh employees drawing their salaries online.
Besides, about two lakh workers directly related to government programmes such as ICDS, MGNREGA are using 100 per cent digital methods, the minister said. Even the payment of wages of muster-roll workers and work-charge employees of the state government are being made through RTGS transfer into their accounts.
Further, about 80 per cent of VAT collected in Assam is being received online payment from the dealers, Patowary said.
However, revenue collection of other departments such as transport, excise, forest royalty and others is still continuing through cash, he said.
Besides, a large number of non-government sectors such as tea garden management, unorganised labour market, trading community, retailer sector, private hospitals, private educational institutions are still continuing with cash payments, the minister said.