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All government payments to be digital from Dec

Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said that all transactions of the state government will become digital by December 2018.

Speaking at the launch of the Goa IT policy 2018 at the ‘Goa IT day’ event in Panaji, Parrikar said that in the year 2000 the state government had abolished the system of issuing cheques for official payments, starting online payments through electronic mode directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries of schemes.

“In fact, the government had decided to totally go digital from September 2018. But I underwent medical treatment for three months after falling sick. Hence the move has been delayed. Now, the government has decided to make all payments digital from December,” he added.

He recalled that his earlier government in 2003 had introduced a laptop scheme to students with a prediction that IT would be a lifeline in future.

Today Goa has been luckily progressing in that direction, he said.Parrikar also praised IT Minister Rohan Khaunte for taking up various initiatives for the IT sector.

“He (Khaunte) is the right person… he will drive the IT policy in the right direction. I will support financially to promote the IT sector in the state,” Parrikar said. [NT]

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