Cuttack, Oct 21 (LocalWire): If everything goes right, Odisha’s Cuttack district will make a transition from cash to cashless in the coming months.
The administration is intent to move towards cashless initiative and the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) has decided to adopt Cuttack district as 100% digitally enabled.
As the administration is gearing up to showcase rich maritime history, socio-cultural legacy and rich Odia heritage during the weeklong Baliyatra next month, the cashless mode of transaction is being prioritized by the government agencies.
Over 1,500 kiosks and stalls which will come at the Baliyatra extravaganza have been asked to make digital payment for the cess towards hiring stalls.
This is intended to promote digitalization of cash transaction and create digital ecosystem in the district, Cuttack Collector, Bhabani Shankar Chayani told the LocalWire.
As recommended by Reserve Bank of India, SLBC will meet stakeholders shortly to chalk out a detailed roll out plan, effort estimation and bank and branch-wise allocation.
The administration will extend all support for cashless transactions for the success of digital mission in a year, Cuttack Collector said.
The digital landscape in the district will be evaluated. Data will be collected including those of merchant establishments to decide the target for all entities, a letter by SLBC to all the nationalized banks stated.
The specific issues enabling or inhibiting the delivery of services like poor internet connectivity, data packet drops may be consolidated and flagged to the authorities concerned and followed up to its logical conclusion, it said.
The SLBC suggested banking facility (branch, ATM) within 5 kilometre radius, facility of point of sale at each merchant point, facility of cash through POS within 0.5 km areas of high demand like haats (traditional rural markets).
It also called for coverage of schools and colleges under smart pay facility.