UT Chandigarh administration today said it has started a campaign to become the first 'cashless' city in the country by December 10.
It has been decided that initially all the e-sampark centers will be equipped with a swipe machine and other such modes for making online payments and once the system is operative, no cash will be accepted in the offices of the Chandigarh administration, an official release said.
In view of the decision taken by the Chandigarh administration, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided that all the payments which are being received in cash will be accepted by way of online payment through Net banking or by credit or debit cards, cheques, demand draft, banker cheque or through PAYTM, and any of the methods, mentioned above, etc, it said.
The bankers associated with CHB shall provide these services at a minimum service charge.
At present, the reception counter of CHB is accepting cash as processing charges for various services such as for the purchase of agreement to sell amounting to Rs 200, RTI fee of Rs 10, cost of drawings/building plans, revival charges of dwelling units, demolition charges for removing encroachments/violations or fees for approval of need based changes etc.
Henceforth, CHB will go completely cashless from December 1, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, V P Singh Badnore presided over a meeting of representatives of all private schools of Chandigarh and discussed at length the viability of introducing digital mode of payments in the city schools.
Parimal Rai, Adviser to Administrator, UT made a detailed presentation about various modes of digital/cashless payments available as an alternative to cash payments in the light of current scenario of demonetization which is plastic money (credit/debit card), e-Wallet, UPI, USSD and Aadhaar enabled payment system.
All the private schools were requested to assist Chandigarh Administration in its endeavour for making Chandigarh the first cashless city, the official release said.
All the private schools agreed to switch to cashless mode for all types of receipts and payments in near future. Private schools urged that their teachers and few students may be imparted training in this regard so that they could disseminate the message to parents and various other sections of the society.
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