After the instruction of Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar to promote cashless payment, CBSE has ordered all affiliated schools to start collecting fee through digital modes from January 1, 2017.
In a circular, CBSE secretary Joseph Emmanuel has asked the principals to introduce cashless ways for fees collection only through online.
Also, the CBSE has directed principals to disburse salary to its staff through bank transfers.
"Schools may interact with the parents during the parents teachers meeting to spread awareness about the benefits of non-cash transactions and motivate students of senior classes to undertake promotional initiatives in their neighbourhood to promote cashless transactions," said the circular.
Nevertheless, currently there are many schools that offer non-cash modes for fee payment.
Usha Ram, DPS World Foundation, has welcomed the move. "It's a good initiative as now everything is going cashless. Some parents might face problem but then they have to learn this method for their ward," said Usha.
This comes right after the demonetisation move announcement made Prime MInister Narendra Modi. It is also to be noted that he had directed his senior ministers to spread awareness to the people about merits of using e-wallets and other digital payment methods.
The new method followed to make India less reliant on hard currencies came a day after the Prime Minister exhorted the people to use debit cards and other digital payments while purchasing essential items.
"I know cashless economy is different. Why not move towards a cashless society? Need your physical support in this. I took this decision for the country's poor, farmer, labour, deprived and for those who are suffering. I reiterate that I need your support; I am positive that you will help me in this; take a pledge that you will be a part of this cashless econom," PM Modi said in the 26th edition of Mann KI Baat programme.