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Lanura, a backward village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district trumpeted by the authorities as J&K’s ‘first cashless village’ seven months ago, has been delisted.

The degradation came immediately after the village, 30 km from Srinagar, had made it to the national dailies for achieving the feat in December 2016, General Manager Common services Centres (CSC) Jammu and Kashmir, Shahnawaz Rashid, told The Kashmir Monitor.

The CSC claims to be the e-governance platform for the delivery of various electronic services to villages under the Digital India Programme.

Rashid, interestingly, blamed the villagers of Lanura themselves, for the exclusion.

“The villagers, over a rumour, feared that their cashless status would deprive them of their beneficial backward status certificate. They protested and got the village delisted by the district administration,” Rashid said.

Rubbishing Rashid’s claims, residents of Lanura, including the village head, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, however, accused the CSC officials of “exploiting the village”.

With its three modest groceries, all of them dealing in cash since the December advertisement, the village claims to have nothing to retain to its cashless status.

“They found us poor and ignorant chaps and misused us for their own benefits. Ours was never a cashless village,” Sheikh said.

After the CSC’s claim, the villagers, Sheikh said, approached the district administration to officially delist the village to prevent further humiliation.

The villagers also refuted the claims made by District Manager CSC Budgam Mohsin Nazim that the villagers were trained in e-transactions.

“No training was ever provided to us. The CSC officials only completed the formalities in their closed-door meetings,” Mohammad Iqbal Mir, a local, alleged.

Claiming that 150 persons were provided training on Electronic Payment System (EPS), the CSC had, in December, said that at least one member of each household in the village had been trained to use the facility.

Apart from Lanura, six villages have been made cashless, Shahnawaz claimed. “Two villages in Anantnag district and one each in Kulgam and Kupwara are among the villages that we have made cashless,” he said.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Irshad Khan

Quelle/Source: The Kasmir Monitor, 20.07.2017

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