Centre has rewarded nearly 1 million customers, who have embraced the digital mode of transaction, with over Rs 153.5 crore in last two months.

“Nearly 10 lakh consumers and merchants have been disbursed over Rs 153.5 crore as reward money till February 20, 2017,” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said citing latest figures of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

“It has been 58 days since the launch of Niti Aayog’s two incentive schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana to promote digital payments and the public response has been quite encouraging,” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant told reporters in New Delhi.

Dubbing digital app BHIM a huge success, Kant said it has seen over 17 million installs (downloads) since its launch, a world record. The Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is a mobile app pushed by the government to make digital payments a mass movement in India.

“We will ensure that BHIM becomes the default option for digital payments. The main challenge for us is to keep the momentum for digital payments going and we will take all steps to push digital transactions,” Kant said.
Among 9.8 lakh winners hailing from diverse soci0-economic background there are more than 9.2 lakh consumers and 56,000 merchants.

The maximum number of winners are from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, it said.