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Published: Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 10:30 AM
Money is probably the most significant invention in the history of economics which has now by and large fully replaced the barter system of trade across the world. However, nowadays, many developed societies in the world have now moved a step further by moving on to the cashless economy. In the developing countries like India, the cashless system has started making the inroads but it is far less in use than that of the developed counterparts.
During the pre-demonetization, the cash to GDP ratio in the country was between 12-13% of the GDP which fell to 7.3% during the demonetization. It was less than that of US where cash GDP ratio is at 7.8%. Though Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has started replenishing the cash into the economy but many experts believe that cash-GDP will not raise to the pre-demonetization level as government is giving a push to the cashless economy.
As India moves towards a cashless economy, following advantages are expected to accrue:
However, being cashless has its share of disadvantages too:
Despite its drawbacks, the cashless system is indeed an improvement over the traditional cash based system. However, none of the advanced economy has fully replaced the cash as it is practically not possible but reducing the amount of cash and increasing the cashless transactions will definitely improve the transparency in business transactions and therefore is good for the country and economy.
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