50 km from Bengaluru lies the 'smartest' village in Karnataka

50 km from Bengaluru lies the smartest village in Karnataka

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-07-01 19:54 Bengaluru: Yashwanthpur in Malur Taluk in Kolar district is the First Digital Village in Karnataka, thanks to State Bank of India. Farmers of Yashwanthpur will now do all bank transactions through computers and smartphones, thanks to the efforts by SBI. Farmers of this village, 50 km Bengaluru, are trained to use technology effectively. A thorough digital revolution has taken place in this village of 450 households and all 2,500 people of this village have access to free wi-fi all 365 days of an year. No resident of Yashwanthpur now needs to go to city for bank-related transactions, says a press release from SBI. SBI has established a micro ATM centre and a Customer Service Point in the village. Through these facilities online cash transfers and other transactions can be done. Villagers are paying back their bank loans by just a click of their fingers. Farmers pay their village shop keeper for purchases made through Mobile Wallet SBI Buddy (application) installed in their smart phones. Famers can also do their financial transactions through Customer service points opened in their village. Paying of water, telephone, electricity bills and opening of new bank account can be done there. Any banking transaction with any bank linked with their Adhar numbers can be performed here. Most of the government services are also being provided at this centre.  With the aim of strengthening agricultural and non-agricultural related activities like dairy farming is providing loans to farmers. To utilize the digital facilities to the fullest, SBI is also providing training to the villagers. Farmers and youths are being educated about mobile banking and smart phone usage. SBI is also planning to install around 25 solar street lamps in the village. Considering the high fluoride levels in the drinking water, a purification plant also has been established in the village. This purification unit is of 1000-litre capacity and powered by solar energy. This unit give the village residents acccess to pure drinking water. The Digital Village was formally inaugurated on July 1 by local MLA Manjunath Gowda at a function in the village.SBI Regional Manager S Dinesh and Malur SBI Bank Manager Ramesh were present.