HRTC Digital Payment Service: Card swipe facility for luxury buses available at all booking centres
SHIMLA– Transport Minister of Himachal Pradesh GS Bali launched cashless ticketing facility for the luxury bus fleet of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation. The announcement was made during the launch event at Dharmshala on Wednesday. Now, all 58 HRTC booking centres in Himachal will feature card-swipe machines that are installed in collaboration with HDFC Bank. The cashless ticketing facility is currently available only for HRTC luxury buses. The HDFC will charge 0.60 percent service charge per transaction. The Bank is also training the staff regarding functioning of the cashless ticketing.
In the first phase, 40 out of total 101 units in Shimla, 20 out of 41 in Dharamshala, 20 out of 24 in Hamirpur, 26 out of 48 in Mandi, and 13 out of 27 units in Solan have been provided with card-swipe facility, the minister claimed. He further assured that same facility will be provided in Chamba and Nahan too.
The minister informed that cashless ticketing will be optional and cash transactions will also continue. He said rural people will find it difficult to jump onto cashless system. He assured that cashless payment will be available for all buses soon.
The Civil Supply department of Himachal has already provided swipe machines at 199 ration depots while 180 others would be covered soon, said the minister. He further said that all the fair price shops in the state will get point-of-Sale machines soon. From April 1, the state will also start distribution via digital ration cards.
With these efforts to boost cashless payments in both departments that Mr. Bali holds, he claims lead in digitization in government sector. The minister has also called it a contribution towards campaign to encourage cashless economy launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shifting HRTC and HP Civil Supply to Dharamshala
The Transport Minister also suggested that the state government is also mulling over shifting two major corporation offices to Dharamshala- second winter capital of Himachal. He claimed that the matter will discussed with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to shift the HP Civil Supply Corporation and HRTC to Dharamshala to lessen the congestion in capital city Shimla.
The headquarters of the two corporations working under me, namely Himachal Road Transport Corporation HRTC and HP State Civil Supplies Corporation HPCSC shall now be shifted shortly to Dharamsala, to lessen the congestion in first capital Shimla and to give strength to the second capital Dharamsala,
he told PTI in a statement.
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