Over 6.26 lakh people win prizes worth Rs.97.07 crore as a part of NITI Aayog’s Digital payment promotion schemes



Over 6.26 lakh people win prizes worth Rs.97.07 crore as a part of NITI Aayog’s Digital payment promotion schemes

More than 6,26,000 people have won prizes worth Rs. 97.07 crore as a part of NITI Aayog’s digital payment promotion schemes to give a boost to cashless economy across the country till since 25th December last year till 30th January this year..The move is a part of the ongoing efforts of the Government to create an ecosystem which provides incentives for digital transactions. Among the lucky winners are 5,55,000 consumers who have won Rs.1000 each under the Lucky Grahak Yojana- Daily scheme while 26,145 consumers have won under the Lucky Grahak Yojana- Weekly scheme. In addition over 35000 merchants have been declared winners under the Digi dhan Vyapar Yojana-weekly scheme.


Data from National Payment Corporation of India, NPCI reflects that people from different age groups, occupations and different walks of life have taken part in a big way in the Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-dhan Vyapar Yojana giving a boost to digital transactions.The two schemes were launched on December 25, 2016 and shall remain open till April 14, 2017. Every day 15,000 daily winners vie for total prize money of Rs. 1.5 crore at the rate of Rs.1000 per person. Over 14,000 winners qualify for weekly draws with the total prize money of over Rs. 8.3 crore per week. Customers and merchants using RuPay Card, BHIM, UPI (Bharat Interface for Money/Unified Payment Interface) USSD based *99# service and Aadhaar enabled Payment Service (AePS) are eligible for participating in the daily and weekly lucky draws.

These lucky draws are being held at Digi-Dhan Melas across the country. 40 such Digi-Dhan Melas have been held across the country since 25th December, 2016 till date.  Over 100 Digi-Dhan Melas will be held across the country to inculcate digital payment among the people.   By 1st February, the exercise has covered cities from 21 States and 4 UTs. The venue for the upcoming Digi-Dhan Melas is as follows-

Date

            State
               City
3.2.17
Andhra Pradesh
Vishakhapatnam
4.2.17
Bihar
Gaya
5.2.17
Gujarat
Surat
6.2.17
Rajasthan
Jodhpur
7.2.17
Meghalaya
Shillong
8.2.17
Rajasthan
Kota
9.2.17
Jharkhand
Dhanbad
10.2.17
Karnataka
Mysore
11.2.17
Kerala
Thiruvanathapuram
12.2.17
Daman & Diu
Diu
13.2.17
Maharashtra
Nagpur
14.2.17
Mizoram
Aizwal
15.2.17
Chhattisgarh
Jagdalpur
16.2.17
Tamilnadu
Chennai
17.2.17
Telengana
Warangal
18.2.17
Haryana
Hissar
19.2.17
Gujarat
Bharuch
20.2.17
Andhra Pradesh
Guntur
21.2.17
Tripura
Agartala
22.2.17
Jharkhand
Jamshedpur
23.2.17
Nagaland
Kohima
24.2.17
Haryana
Faridabad
25.2.17
Karnataka
Hubli-Dharwad
26.2.17
Kerala
Kozikode
27.2.17
Madhya Pradesh
Jabalpur
28.2.17
Maharashtra
Nashik


Background:

Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana awards were launched in New Delhi on December 25, 2016 by Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley and Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad to incentivize digital payments. The lucky draws have been planned at over 100 Digidhan Melas spread across the country in 100 different cities till April 14, 2017. The highlights of the Schemes are as follows-

· All transactions done by consumers and merchants from November 9, 2016 till April 14, 2017 will be eligible for winning prize under the scheme.

·  All such transactions irrespective of the fact whether it has won daily / weekly prize, will be eligible for Mega Draw to be conducted on April 14, 2017.

·  Three Mega prizes for consumers worth Rs. 1 crore, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh.

·  For merchants too, there would be three mega prizes worth Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh.

·  The draw of winners are presented at different centres on each day by the senior officials of NPCI in the presence of senior minister from GoI, representatives of NITI Aayog and general public.

·  Schemes have total outlay of Rs. 340 crore of which - Rs. 300 crores would be spent on consumers and merchants while the remaining Rs. 40 crore on awareness and publicity.

·  Total winners under the scheme are expected to be over 18.75 lakh.

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Amitabh Kant launches India Innovation Index A joint initiative of NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII

States will be ranked on innovations from 2017

To make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index” that will rank states on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal that will capture data on innovation from all Indian states on innovation and regularly update it in real time.

The India Innovation Index Framework will be structured based on the best practices followed in Global Innovation Index (GII) indicators and additionally by adding India-centric parameters those truly reflect the Indian innovation ecosystem. This initiative will be the point of reference for all international agencies to collect India’s up to date data points for global indices and analytic.

Inaugurating the portal, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog said, “This portal will be a first-of-its-kind online platform where Global Innovation Index indicators and India–centric data from various states will be coalesced and disseminated and updated periodically. This will be a one-stop data warehouse and will track progress on each indicator at the National level and the State level on real-time basis. The access to this portal will be hosted on the NITI Aayog website, and NITI Aayog will update this data periodically.”

Mr. Kant said, “I would like to congratulate Confederation of Indian Industry for creating the Global Innovation Index a decade ago and the World Intellectual Property, Cornell University for working together to further develop it and make it a global consulting document for policymakers around the world.”

Data collated on this portal will not only be used to ameliorate current data gaps w.r.t the GII, but be the prime source for the India Innovation Index, which will be jointly developed by NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII, in consultation with World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others with the objective to rank Indian states as per their innovation prowess and provide impetus to them to build their respective innovation ecosystems and spur the innovation spirit among institutions and people.

The Global Innovation Index (GII), co-published by World-Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD with CII as a Knowledge Partner since inception, has been ranking world economies including India since 2007 according to their innovation capabilities and outcomes using 82 indicators among a host of other important parameters.  It has established itself as both a leading reference on innovation and a ‘tool for action’ for policy makers.

India currently ranks 66th out of 128 countries on the Global innovation Index (GII) 2016. To improve India’s rank in GII and other international indices, NITI Aayog jointly with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), organized the Global Innovation Index – India Roundtable on 31st January in the capital.

Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India said, “GII gives us an opportunity to look at innovation and to rethink about our progress. This also gives an opportunity to compare with the best in the world, to look at best practices around and then learn from them. DIPP has formed a taskforce on innovation with representation from industry, academia and government, through this taskforce we are trying to improve our GII ranking.”

Speaking at the inaugural session, Mr. Ratan P. Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog said, “Regulation, fiscal incentives and R&D plays a major role in driving innovation. A lot of money is provided for R&D but unfortunately R&D money goes in silos within various government departments giving no result. Scientific departments, departments which deal with such budgets and CII have to come together and work towards it”.

The event was a first-of-its-kindintensiveconsultation exercise conducted by the government to solicit inputs from key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem in India and abroad such as Ministry of Commerce, Department of Science & Technology, TRAI and top global agencies such as WIPO, Cornell University, World Economic Forum, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, International Telecommunications Union, International Labour Organisation to identify and understand issues and challenges related to it. This exercise was aimed at addressing India's data gaps by adopting international methodologies on critical innovation indicators at the input and output side.

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