Chandigarh administrator and Punjab governor VP Singh Bandore launched a smart card named ‘Chandigarh Smart City Card’ on Tuesday, initiating another step towards a cashless society. The card can be used to make payments at government offices and merchants around the city. The card will formally make its way into circulation from 25th December.
The card can be operated through a changeable PIN number. There will be no charges on the transactions made through the smart card or for the renewal of the card. It can be recharged up to ₹50,000 and transactions up to ₹2,000 can be done without an OTP. The card can be recharged at Sampark Centres or through debit card / net banking or Bhim UPI.
Residents of Chandigarh having Adhar card can apply for the smart card from tomorrow onwards through Bank of India and Sampark Centres by 15th December by paying a registration fee of Rs 500 out of which Rs. 150 will be charged for the card and the remaining 350 will be utilized for payment purpose. The residents can also apply for the card through the online portal of the bank.
The launch ceremony was attended by MP Kirron Kher, Home Secretary, Deputy Commissioner and various other bank officials. On the occasion, MP Kirron Kher and UT administrator Mr Badnore emphasised on the benefits of a cashless society and encouraged people to adopt cashless payment alternatives.
Deputy commissioner Mr Ajit Balaji Joshi, the name behind initiation of the concept of smart cards said: “The smart card would help in promoting digital payments”.
Source: The Tribune