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Only 7% rise in transactions via cards after demonetisation: Govt officials

Digital transactions in all modes increased by 23% to 27.5 mn in May 2017 from 22.4 mn in Nov 2016

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Transactions through debit and rose by merely 7% post-demonetisation, as against a surge of over 23% in overall digital transactions, top government officials told a parliamentary panel.

Officials from various ministries gave a presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on 'and Transformation towards Digital Economy'.

The in all modes increased by 23% to 27.5 million in May 2017 from 22.4 million in November 2016, according to the presentation, a copy of which is with PTI.

The highest jump was witnessed in transactions through Unified Payments Interface (UPI), from one million per day in November 2016 to 30 million in May 2017.

is a system that powers multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application for seamless fund routing and merchant payments into one hood.

Transactions through (Immediate Payment Service), which is an electronic fund transfer service, almost doubled to 2.2 million from 1.2 million during the period under purview, according to the data shared by government officials.

The least rise in was witnessed in the case of plastic cards, as the rise was only 7% — from 6.8 million in November 2016 to 7.3 million in May this year.

The government had on November 8, 2016, announced the of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes in a bid to curtail black money.

Following the move, the government pushed for

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 13:25 IST