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Indian Consumers Are Quietly Embracing Digital Cash

Digital transactions in India surged to a record in October, propelled by a growing number of mobile payments services and online promotions around the Diwali peak shopping season.

The volume of online transactions touched 964.9 million just a year after the government abolished almost nine-tenths of currency notes in a dramatic “demonetization” move, according to the latest data from India’s central bank.

The trend reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for wider acceptance of digital payments, an effort that’s won support from global technology companies like Google as well as homegrown startups such as Mobikwik, which now has over 65 million app users, doubling a pre-demonetization base of 30 million. 

“Forget about the elegant statistics; the truth is your grocer, baker, veggie vendor, chemist is more willing to accept digital money,” Mayuresh Joshi, a fund manager with Angel Broking, said in a note this week.

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