9th of November 2016, India witnessed a massive move – demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes in India. Overnight, this step by the government under PM Modi set to change the future of the largest democracy in the world as it aimed at removing “corruption” via the removal of “black money”.
So here we are today, in a country where we have money, but don’t have money at the same time. Banks are flooded daily with queues of hundreds of people and citizens are having major trouble getting even their daily bread, as their currency notes hold no value and exchanging them at banks seem like an impossible task. It is now even a bigger news that the demonetization has lead to the tragic deaths of 50 individuals. However, miraculously, in the quaint little village of Akodara in Gujarat, nothing seems to be under crisis.
Welcome to Akodara village in Gujarat that is located near Ahmedabad, the first model “digital village” in India. This village is adopted by ICICI Bank and under the Digital India initiative, was fully digitized to include systems of mobile banking and digitizing education. In this village of 1200, every person is required to have a bank account through which all his transactions take place. The smallest of purchases of even Rs. 10 for groceries or milk are carried out through SMS banking, where in the buyer simply transfers money into the seller’s account. Another sector that faces major boost because of digitization is education. In schools here, students are provided with digital audio-visual AID which makes subjects more interesting and comprehensible for them.
India, although developing, still has many milestones to cross in order to become uber- developed like countries like Sweden. But, we are surely on our way there and Akodara village has surely become a model for other rural places in India to look up to.
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