Firmly backing the demonetization decision, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said Goa is on its way to becoming the first cashless society in India.

Firmly backing the demonetization decision, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said Goa is on its way to becoming the first cashless society in India.

This would fulfil a vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is pushing through the demonetisation scheme, which is also aimed at controlling the threat of money that was black for a cashless society, said the previous Chief Minister of Goa, Mr Parrikar.

"Goans are using cards (ATM/credit) in a big way. Goa will soon be the primary state with cashless society meeting a dream of the Prime Minister," Mr Parrikar said.

He was addressing BJP's 'Vijay Sankalp' rally at Sankhalim village, 45-km from Panaji.

Mr Parrikar said with demonetisation, Mr Modi has struck hard at the origin of terror funding and black money. "This isn't just a strike on black money but also against terror financing, imitation currency and drugs money."

"We all need to supply support to the Prime Minister in his selection. Goa will soon be the initial State to do this target," Mr Parrikar said.

"Goa had shown the method before when the State Government began disbursing payment under Dayanand Social Security Scheme (a pension plan) through electronic mode right into the bank accounts of beneficiaries."

"Currently, none of the State Government's payments are done through cheques.

A smartphone can be turned into a bank by using a program called Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Mr Parrikar said.

The State Government will organise camps to train folks concerning this application, he said.

"We will also train BJP workers that will prepare masses concerning this facility. This may allow visitors to move around without taking cash," the Minister said.

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