Aadhar card to replace debit, credit card for cashless transactions soon

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Aadhaar card for cashless transactions soon
Aadhaar card for cashless transactions soon

New Delhi : In a bid to convert India into a cashless economy, the government is now gearing up to make Aadhaar card its useful tool in maximum cashless transactions.

"Aadhaar-enabled transactions are card-less and pin-less. This would enable Android phones users to digitally transact using their Aadhaar number and fingerprint/iris authentication," said Ajay Pandey, director general of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

According to him, the government has already started implementing Aashaar-enabled transactions. The move to promote digital transactions is being carried out by NITI Ayog.

"We are asking mobile manufacturers to see if all mobiles made in India should be inbuilt with iris or thumb identification system to help Aadhaar-enabled transactions," NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said.

Interestingly, if government manages to pull this off then the dream to see India as cashless economy won’t be too far.

Currently, 1.08 crore people have Aadhaar cards issued, covering around 99 percent of adults.

People can link their Aadhaar with their bank accounts and use Aadhaarenabled payment system (AEPS) for funds transfer, balance enquiry, cash deposits or withdrawals and inter-banking transactions.