In the letter issued, the labour ministry has said that all factories and shops registered in the state wont’s be permitted to pay through cash transaction, but through cheque or credit in bank accounts. (Reuters)
In a new direction, the Rajasthan Government has said that employees working in shops and factories in the state will be paid through cheque or credit in bank accounts rather than through cash transaction. In the letter issued, the labour ministry has said that all factories and shops registered in the state wont’s be permitted to pay through cash transaction, but through cheque or credit in bank accounts.
Recently, after Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments implementing digital payment at fair price shops (FPSs), the Rajasthan government had launched cashless transactions on a pilot basis at Rarah gram panchayat in the state’s Bharatpur district.
According to an official with the civil supplies department of Rajasthan, the facility to pay using RuPay debit cards was been formally launched few days ago on an experimental basis. Next month onwards all the beneficiaries under programmes such National Food Security Act (NFSA) and others would be encouraged to buy monthly provisions from two FPSs located in the gram panchayat using debit cards.
PNB has commenced distribution of RuPay debit cards to the beneficiaries in the gram panchayat and is expected to be completed by next month. “We will expand the facilities of cashless transaction at PDS outlets to other locations subsequently,” an official from the Rajasthan state civil supplies department had told FE.
As per the norm, in Rarah gram panchayat around 199 quintal of wheat, 2.5 quintal of sugar and 3,800 litre kerosene is distributed through FPSs monthly to beneficiaries belonging to the 892 families. PNB has already installed two Point of Sale (PoS) machines at FPSs besides providing current accounts facilities for the owner of FPSs so that funds are transferred directly to their bank accounts for selling commodities.
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Most of the women in Rajasthan have bank accounts under a financial inclusion programme — Bhamashah launched in 2008. Under the programme, bank accounts and Bhamashah card had been given for direct benefit transfer (DBT) under the various social sector schemes to women’bank accounts. “We will ensure all men and women above 18 years of age open accounts and get ATM cards in the next couple of weeks in the gram panchayat,” an official said.