The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Alphons Kannanthanam addressing at the launch of the Digital Payment Security Awareness Campaign, in New Delhi on December 12, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney and other dignitaries are also seen.

New Delhi: Emphasising a dramatic increase in “Digital payments transactions “ in the country,Minister of State for Electronics and IT K.J.Alphons Kannanthanam said, the transaction are expected to touch 1,800 crore in the current fiscal from 1,162 crore transactions recorded between April and November the minister said at the launch of digital payment security awareness campaign organised by Data Security Council of India (DSCI).

“Even on the BHIM application for payment of money, in August we had only 1.16 crore transactions. Now that is gone up to 10.5 crore transactions in November which is an increase of like 6-7 times,” he said.

Alphons pointed out that digital payment system is reaching out to the villages but it needs to reach more people.

“The entire objective is very simple — India has to grow and the fruits of development must reach the last person out there.

“We have Aadhaar for 1.2 biliion people of India. We have now linked it to the bank accounts and the benefits which people are supposed to get are going directly to people,” he added.

Union Minister of State for Information Technology Alphons Kannanthanam has made it clear that Aadhaar is fully secure and termed the reports of leakage of Aadhaar data as completely baseless.

Launching the Digital Payment Security Initiative in New Delhi, he said that till now, not a single case of Aadhaar data being leaked has not come to the fore.

Secretary in Information Technology Ministry, Ajay Sahni said that there is a need for a strong cyber security mechanism for promoting digital payments.

The new digital awareness campaign by DSCI and Google will be rolled out in five languages through online and offline channels of nine partner organisations.