DigiDhan Mela, MeitY - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   MeitY, GoI has constituted a committee of experts under the chairmanship of _________ for data protection.

a. Justice BN Srikrishna
b. Arvind Panagriya
c. Justice Bobde
d. Justice CP Thakur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice BN Srikrishna

The government has accorded importance to data protection and keeping personal data of citizens secure and protected.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has, on 31st July 2017, constituted a Committee of Experts under the Chairmanship of Justice B N Srikrishna, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India.

The committee is also comprising of members from Government, Academia and Industry to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.

The committee will also suggest a draft Data Protection Bill. Protection of Data is expected to provide big boost to Digital economy of the country.

2)   India's first DigiDhan Mela was held in which state?

a. Punjab
b. Delhi
c. Haryana
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haryana

India's first DigiDhan Mela was held on 26th Dec 2016 in Gurugram in Haryana.

The mela is the first exercise of its kind in the country and promotes cashless transactions in the post-demonetisation period.

The mela showcased the government efforts to promote digital financial transactions.

It educated people on how to use mobile phones and Aadhaar for making payments online.

Dedicated counters were set up to issue Aadhaar cards.

In the mela, 15,000 winners of the Lucky Grahak Yojana daily reward were also drawn.

Along with Lucky Grahak Yojana, Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (Merchants) was also launched by the government to promote cashless transactions at retail counters.

Under this scheme, the government will award prizes to merchants for all digital transactions conducted at merchant establishments. They will be awarded the weekly prizes of INR 50000, INR 5000 and INR 2500

Both the schemes are implemented by the National Payments Corporation of India to attain the broader objectives set forth by the Digital India campaign.

About Lucky Grahak Yojana

  • Scheme launched by Union Government on 15th Dec 2016.
  • Under this scheme, the government will offer daily reward of INR 1000 for 15,000 lucky consumers for a period of 100 days.
  • Consumers using this alternate mode of digital payments, will be awarded the weekly prizes of INR 1 lakh, INR 10,000 and INR 5,000.
  • This includes the following forms of transaction: UPI, USSD, AEPS and RuPay. Digital Wallets and private cards are exempt from this scheme.