Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has taken a series of measures to help resolve issues stemming from the demonetisation of high-value bank notes.
The state government plans to deploy cash withdrawal machines or micro ATMs at fair price shops across the state.
The state food and civil supplies department plans to install such cash withdrawal machines at 500 fair price shops in rural areas.
“We will try it for a few days on a pilot scale before implementing it across the state. There are many places in rural areas that don’t have access to ATMs and banks and farmers here have to travel quite far for withdrawing cash,” a senior Gujarat government official said on condition of anonymity.
“We are also working out a way in which the shop owner where the machines are installed would also be able to earn some money based on the number of transactions done,” the official added.
Chief minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday met officials from the banking sector to discuss measures to increase the use of cashless and digital banking services.
Rupani appealed to the bank officials to ensure that people working in the unorganized sector don’t face any trouble, according to a government statement.
Rupani was quoted saying in the statement that in the next two to three days, point of sale machines will be placed in half the 3,000 fuel stations in the state to make payments and dispense cash.
At the remaining fuel stations, the facility will be made available within 10 days, he said.
With the co-operation of banks, digital banking facilities could be made available to the milk co-operative societies of the state and rural sector co-operatives through around 17,000 point of sale machines and micro ATMs.