India’s architect of Aadhar Card as former UIDAI chief, Nandan Nilekani, has a new role in NDA government as a special invitee in the 13-member committee of chief ministers to promote digital payment systems in the country, especially in rural areas.
Nandan Nilekani contested from Bangalore South on Congress ticket but lost to BJP’s Ananth Kumar who is now parliamentary affairs minister in Modi government.
The CMs Panel is headed by Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis besides NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya.
Other special invitees include Janmejaya Sinha, chairman, Boston Consulting Group, Rajesh Jain, managing director, netCORE, Sharad Sharma, co-founder, iSPIRIT and Jayant Varma, professor (finance), IIM (Ahmedabad).
The panel will scrutinise the system of digital payments like debit, credit and pre-paid cards, digital-wallets/ e-wallets, internet banking, unified payments interface (UPI), banking apps, etc for adoption.