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Just 1% Indians pay Income Tax: NITI Aayog CEO

New delhi: Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant today said just one per cent of India’s more than 1.25 billion population pays Income Tax and the country cannot afford as high as 95 per cent of its economy making cash transactions.

Addressing a Workshop on Cashless Transaction organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Kant said India cannot afford as high as 95 per cent of its economy making cash transactions if the economy has to be taken from USD 2 trillion to USD 10 trillion by the year 2030.

“Besides, only 1 per cent of the more than 1.25 billion population pays Income Tax,” he said.

Kant said there are more than a billion mobile phone subscribers in India and more than one billion Aadhaar biometrics have been created so far, according to an official release.

He said with an aim to push India among the top economies of the world, the government has enrolled nearly 26 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) and more than 20 crore RuPay cards issued.

The time is here to make a transition to cashless transactions, he said.

Addressing the function, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju asked NDRF personnel to adopt cashless transactions and utilise their vast reach across all corners of the country to spread the message of digital payments.

Rijiju said the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and state police forces personnel must take the lead as the nation is poised to join the leading economies of the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to take India from being the world’s fifth largest economy at present to among the world’s top three economies in the next ten years, he said.

The Minister said though it is difficult to move to digital payments initially but once it is started, one can easily adapt to the cashless mode of payments.

He said the Prime Minister has encouraged the citizens to switch over to the ‘less cash’ transactions.

In his speech, Director General of the NDRF R K Pachnanda said cashless transactions not only make everyday life easier but was also gainful as the government has introduced several incentives to make the cashless transactions popular.

He asked the NDRF personnel to imbibe the principle, “Each One, Teach One” to spread the message across a wider cross section of people.