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Digi Dhan Mela: PM Modi launches Bhim app, now only thumb impression needed for secure digital transaction

Speaking at the Digi Dhan Mela at the Talkatora Stadium on Friday, PM Modi announced a new BHIM App. PM Modi said the Government of India had announced schemes to reward small traders and customers who use digital payments. He said: “On the day of Christmas, GoI announced schemes to reward small traders and customers who resort to digital payments. These two initiatives, the Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana are a Christmas gift to the nation. Prizes are given to those who make transactions of more than Rs 50 and less than Rs 3000, so that the poor can win. Over the 100 day period, several families will be given the prizes. These schemes were launched to benefit poor.”

He also said: “The mega draw will take place on 14th April, the birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Launch of ‘BHIM’ App is significant. In addition to his role in making of the Constitution, Dr Ambedkar was also a great economist. Dr Ambedkar’s thesis offers significant insights of various economic issues.”

He added: “Ek zamana tha unpadh ko angutha-chaap kaha jata tha, ab waqt aisa hai aap hi ka angutha aapki pehchan aur bank. In 2 weeks, will make one more accomplishment, it’s security is being worked on. It will empower BHIM; you’ll only require your thumb to pay.”

He went on to add that some people were pessimists and he couldn’t help them. Hitting out at the opposition, PM Modi said: “Ek neta ne kaha khoda dungar aur nikaali chuhiya; Mujhe toh chuhiya hi nikaalni thi, wohi toh sab kha jaati hai chori se. “

Speaking about the media, he said: “In last 50 days, media while covering me, also questioned the Govt on how will the country become digital when poor don’t have mobile. I am thankful to the media as this has helped Govt formulate schemes and take up initiatives to empower the poor.”

He further said: “Aane wale dino mei media bahut seva kar sakta hai; Media ’17 mei poochega ki do-do mobile phones lekar ghoom rahe ho aur cashless nahi ho? Yeh desh apne andar ki burai ko khatam karne ke liye ek hua, itna kasth jhelne ke liye aage aaye, yahi humare desh ki takat hai.”

Prime Minister Modi recently announced two award schemes named ‘Lucky Grahak Yojana’ for retail consumers and ‘Digi Dhan Vapar Yojana’ for small businesses to encourage digital payments during his 27th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ address.

The winners will get a minimum of Rs. 1,000 through a lucky draw – while the winners will be chosen on daily and weekly basis under the Lucky Grahak Yojana, merchants who have won under the Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana will be announced every week.

The first ‘Digi Dhan’ mela (fair) was organised in Gurugram, Haryana, on Monday and was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.