Hours of walk from a hilly village up to the nearest town and on top of that long hours of standing in a queue to get the cash from bank/ATM, to pay the bills and get the things of daily need is an every day task for a “pahadi woman”. Even the youth and the people living in market area are not much aware about online transactions which may reduce considerable time and efforts for the villagers living in distant villages.
To sensitize the communities towards proper utilization of digital technology, on 9th December 2016, The Himalaya Trust carried out a “GO DIGITAL” campaign in Garur main market to promote online transaction in our day to day life. The teachers and students of Himalaya Trust enthusiastically participated in this awareness program and trained the shopkeepers, shoppers, businessmen and common people in “cashless transaction”. It was a very successful campaign as people from all walks of life curiously participated and learned through videos and slideshows. The IT trainees and teachers helped them to download PAYTM in smart phone and taught its usage. They were also educated on the usage of *99# to access their bank accounts from any handset.
Looking at the present scenario where demonetization has triggered the need to switch to digital payment mode, the step taken by the IT unit in Garur will definitely help commoners in tackling the problems in their day to day life where they are facing the cash crises.