A Visit inside Kashmir’s First Cashless Village

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A Visit inside Kashmir’s First Cashless Village


Lanura Budgam village is located at a distance of 24 Kms from Srinagar city. The village was declared to be the first ‘cashless’ village by J&K Government on 18 December 2016. The declaration of Lanura being a cashless village stunned local villagers. The village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water, metallic road and other amenities of life, says a villager, Ghulam Mohammad. The villagers are poverty stricken and a very few people use smartphones and internet. Locals are aghast over the announcement and demand a probe into the matter.

The district administration Budgam under its handout released on its official website maintains that the ‘feat’ was achieved through “rigorous efforts by CSC e-Governance Services India Limited and National Informatics Centre (NIC) under the objective of Digital Financial Inclusion.” With a few shops scattered across this village, the people could be seen doing cash transactions. Apparently, NIC Budgam’s District Informatics Officer has been awarded for this ‘achievement’ recently in New Delhi.

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One Response to A Visit inside Kashmir’s First Cashless Village

  1. Thank you for the good work.
    I can understand spoken Kashmiri, so it was easy for me to follow. But not explaining what CASHLESS term implies, I had to guess what the issue was.
    Perhaps the video should have started with the DC getting the award (promotion/cash?) and then showing the plight of the village where there is no can.
    However, this effort of exposing the inefficiency and down right corruption of government must be applauded. Keep up the good work.

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