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Bhopal: PoS machines at temples, toll posts; debit cards for labourers


BHOPAL: A committee of senior secretaries, constituted by the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to promote use of digital currency in state, has prepared its report.

The committee has recommended that the offerings in temples should be accepted through point of sale (POS) machines or through the online mode.

The committee has recommended that arrangements for cashless donations should be made in major temples. It has also recommended that contractors executing government contracts should not pay wages to labourers in cash but instead they should be given debit cards so that they can make necessary purchases or withdraw money as per their needs. The committee has also recommended that local bodies and the PWD should not issue smart cards and instead allow the use of debit cards.

Point of sale (POS) machines should be installed at all toll check posts across the state, allowing the road users to make payments using plastic money. Tax levied by the state government on online purchases should be restricted only to cash on delivery (COD) mode. An integrated payment gateway for payment from e-wallet has also been recommended. The committee has recommended that transaction fee should not be charged from people making payments to government. Instead, the government should pay the transaction fee charged by banks. The committee, in its recommendations, says that it is necessary that no additional fee is charged if people are to be encouraged to make cashless transactions.

Chouhan, on the basis of recommendations of the committee, may soon take decisions to make services in the state cashless.