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‘Mann Ki Baat’ Prime Minister exhorts people to move towards cashless society

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New Delhi, Nov 27 
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today gave a clarion call to the youth of the nation to take the initiative to usher in a cashless society. 
Sharing his thoughts in the 26th edition of Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Shri Modi said, young people are the agents of change. He said, the youth should take to online transactions which are safe and secure and help instructing the elderly on online purchasing.
Shri  Modi asked young men and women to teach at least 10 families everyday how to go cashless and make electronic payments.
The Prime Minister said, common man will be trouble free if they are made aware of the digital financial transaction options and youths can do this quickly. Shri Modi also urged small traders to enter the digital world to increase their business. 
He sought everyone's cooperation to make the campaign against black money a success. The Prime Minister said, the dream is a cashless society, but why can't India move towards a less-cash society. 
Shri Modi said, the decision was taken for the poor, farmers and labourers who are deprived and who are suffering. He said, transfer of wages of labourers and farm workers in their banks accounts will stop the problem of non-payment of minimum wages. 
He said, labourers must open bank accounts which can enable them to use e-wallet facility using any mobile phone.
Saying farmers are backbone of Indian economy, Shri Modi said they are standing tall in tough times. He said, despite problems the sowing of crops has increased manifold. 
He said, those who are trying hard to bring back black money into the system by putting it into poor people's accounts, will be severely punished if found guilty of ‘benami’ transactions. 
Shri Modi said, it will take 50 days for situation to normalise the effect of demonetization. He said, it is not easy to get rid of 70 year old problem. 
Complementing the citizens, the Prime Minister said, people are giving their unstinted support even though they are facing hardships. 
Patting the back of employees of banks and post offices, Shri Modi said, they are working day and night with dedication. He said, they are working with a mission to transform India. Prime Minister said, the spirit of people makes him confident that India will succeed. 
Saying this year's Diwali was unique, Shri Modi said 1.25 billion Indians dedicated this Diwali to soldiers. 
Quoting a letter of a Soldier, the Prime Minister said, this time soldiers felt like they are celebrating Diwali with 1.25 billion Indians and didn't miss their family. Shri Modi said, soldiers must be remembered during festivals, celebrations and happy moments. He said, soldiers were overwhelmed with the emotion filled wishes of countrymen.  Shri  Modi said, when the nation stands with the Armed Forces, their morale is boosted 1.2 billion times. He said, MyGov open forum will bring out a coffee table book compiling selective messages, letters, poetries, pictures, videos sent to soldiers. Mentioning about the village heads of Jammu and Kashmir who created awareness education in the valley, Shri Modi said, recently they discussed prevailing situation in the state with him. Prime Minister expressed happiness that the recent board examinations saw 95 per cent attendance in Jammu and Kashmir.  Commending the youth for their enthusiasm, Shri Modi said, youth of Jammu and Kashmir aspires to rise in life through education.