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Cashless Society? Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) likely to Launch Digital Banking Literacy Mission in Kerala

This program will create awareness among people about the digital banking and give them training to use digital technology for transactions

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November 28, 2016: To counter cash crunch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working to make India a cashless society. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala took another step for the PM’s mission.

On Monday, the BJP announced that they are going to launch a ‘digital banking literacy mission’ to train people in using online banking and also to create awareness among people regarding the same. According to Party state president Kummanam Rajasekharan, the program will be launched in Kochi on December 3.

“Our aim is to create awareness among people about the digital banking and give them training to use digital technology for transactions,” he said.

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To implement the mission, a state level committee would be formed which would have banking experts.

Awareness would be generated so that people can understand the importance of digital banking in curbing the black money in the country. Training would be provided to people about the different modes of digital transactions.

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According to PTI, trained party volunteers will be arranged at the panchayat level. The NGOs, local clubs and residents’ association will be added for the effective implementation of the program. The party is planning to make some select Panchayat as cash-less areas.

On November 8, in his first radio program, ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the youth and the other sections of the country to move towards a cashless society.

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He also advised the youth to go to the ten families and small businessmen near them and teach them how to carry out digital transactions, which are safe and secure, on their cell phones.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?