Published On : Fri, Apr 14th, 2017

PM felicitates winners of Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana Latur girl wins the Rs 1 crore prize as a digital customer

Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi felicitating 20 year-old Shradha Mohan Mengshette, a second year student of Electrical Engineering from Latur district in Maharashtra, who won the award of Rs.1 crore through mega draw for consumers in Lucky Grahak Yojana.

The initial two incentives schemes viz., Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana, came to an end after a rigorous 100 day information, education and communication campaign led by NITI Aayog to make digital payments a mass movement in India. Under the scheme Rs.258 crore of prize money was won by 16 lakh winners, including customers and merchants belonging to different corners of the country and from varied walks of life.

The winners of the Mega Draw were felicitated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Nagpur today. The winners of the mega draw itself are a testimony to the spread of the digital payments revolution in the country.

20 year-old Shradha Mengshette, a second year student of Electrical Engineering from Latur district in Maharashtra, emerged as the winner of Rs.1 crore mega draw for consumers. She won the reward for making a transaction of Rs.1590 through her RuPay card online, to pay the monthly EMI for her new mobile phone.

The 2nd prize of Rs. 50 lakh, under the Lucky Grahak Yojana for consumers, was won by Hardik Kumar from Khambhat (Cambay) in Gujarat. The 29-year-old is a primary school teacher who used his RuPay card for making a transaction of Rs. 1100. Another RuPay card transaction, of just Rs.100, won Bharat Singh from the Sherpur village in Uttarakhand an amount of Rs. 25 lakh.

The 1st prize of Rs. 50 lakh, under the Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana category for merchants, was won by Anand Ananthapadmanabhan for accepting a payment of Rs.300 at GRT Jewellers in Tambaram, Chennai. Shri Anantapadmanabhan instantly donated his prize money to the Clean Ganga campaign.

The 2nd prize of Rs. 25 lacs was won by Ragini Rajendra Uttekar, owner of a small beauty parlour in Thane, Maharashtra. She accepted a payment of Rs.510 which won her this amount. The 3rd prize of Rs. 12 lakh was won by 33 year-old Shaik Rafi who runs a wholesale clothing store in Ameerpet, Telangana. He accepted a payment of Rs. 2000 on his PoS machine.

The 100 days of DigiDhan Melas, led by NITI Aayog in 100 cities across India, have had a huge impact in enabling increased usage of digital payment methods. At least 15,000 institutions have gone cashless across just these 100 rural and urban cities across each one of the 27 states and 7 UTs. With a turnout of over 15 lakh from cities, small towns and villages, the melas have enabled lakhs to open new bank accounts as well as create new Aadhaar cards.