Odisha Seeks Free Card Payments Beyond December 31

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Bhubaneswar: Batting for people living in rural and remote areas, the Odisha government on Friday said all card payments need to be made free-of-cost even beyond December 31.

The state government gave the suggestion at a meeting of the committee of Chief Ministers on digital payment system headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Besides Naidu, the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, special invitees and senior officers of other states attended the meeting.

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“All card payments should be made free of cost even beyond December 31, 2016,” Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi said in the meeting adding, Service Tax on digital transactions upto Rs 10,000 should be exempted.

Yesterday, the Centre had announced such a measure for transactions upto Rs 2,000. Seeking all government payment gateways be made bank neutral, Padhi said POS machines should be supplied by banks free of cost to government departments, local bodies and other agencies.

“Inter-operability and security aspects of e-wallet transactions should be ensured by the RBI. NEFT, ECS, RTGS modes of electronic payments should be made possible round the clock,” Padhi suggested.

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