Digital Chandigarh: Vying For E-ready Future
eGov|September 2018
Digital Chandigarh: Vying For E-ready Future

Making the City Beautiful future-ready for its citizens, Chandigarh Administration is making proactive efforts to make more and more services available online. It is the result of the Administration’s concerted efforts to realise the goals underpinning Government of India’s ambitious Digital India initiative that today Chandigarh is lokked upon as one of the most e-ready cities of India. Besides the Union Territory, the neighbouring States of Punjab and Haryana too are inching closer towards the dream of making India a cashless economy, says Priya Yadav of Elets News Network (ENN).

Priya Yadav

For a city of the future, that Chandigarh is hailed globally, going digital is a necessity. That the administration here is eyeing and vying for being the first city in the country to be “completely cashless” is a sign that citizens here are far more receptive of the concept than those in many other cities in India. The beauty of City Beautiful will no longer remain confined to its physical beauty but is slowly seeping into the very fibre of the society that is sure to make the city even more livable than it is now.

So, it is little wonder that Chandigarh tops the country in digital payments transactions on per capita basis. Chandigarh’, which scores 18.5 transactions per person, is way ahead of all States and union territories. Andhra Pradesh is at second position with 7.9 transactions on per capita basis, while Maharashtra is at fourth position with a score of 3.7 and Haryana at number three with 5.5 score.

This indicates how e-ready people in the city are and how proactive is the Chandigarh Administration in making services available online. The city is excelling in the Government of India’s mission to develop India into a cashless economy. In 2017-18 Union Budget, the Government had announced a target of 2,500 crore digital transactions and for this DIGIDHAN Mission was set up.

In Electronic Transaction Aggregation and Analysis Layer (eTaal), Chandigarh is among top two Union Territories in August 2018 so far as e-Transaction Count is concerned. Not just that, City Beautiful ranks at the sixth position among all the States and union territories in terms of number of e-transactions per 1,000 people. From

January 1 to August 26, 2018, e-transactions per 1,000 people were 2,912.52 with 30.6 lakh e-transactions done during this time for 48 e-services being offered.

Andhra Pradesh tops with 2,7191.9 e-transactions per 1,000 people with a whooping 190 e-services being offered, way ahead of all the States followed closely by Telangana with 18,894 e-transactions per 1,000 people.

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