The Nedumkayam tribal colony at Nilambur in Malappuram lacks basic facilities including toilets. However, the colony has now become a role model to the country by becoming the first ‘digital’ tribal colony in India.
The people in this colony-which also faces threats from Maoists- are all set for digital transactions. The district collector Amit Meena has now officially declared Nedumkayam tribal colony as the first digital and cashless colony at a function held in the colony on Tuesday.
The declaration was made after a week-long training for the entire tribal people of the colony in cashless transaction and digital literacy.
The training was completed with the support of National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of EMEA Arts and Science College Kondotty and Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS), Malappuram.
As part of formal launch of the project, every member of the colony sent Rs 5 to the account of district collector using smart phones and the collector returned Rs 25 to each of them through online transaction.