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Mumbai; Leading News Service: Bank transactions can now also be done in rationing shops in the state. It has been decided to provide banking services in these shops to provide more income to the rationing shopkeepers and also to provide banking services in rural and remote areas. The State Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department has issued a Government Decision (GR) in this regard on Tuesday.

There was a cry from shopkeepers that they could not afford to run rationing shops due to declining income. Discussions were also going on between the central and state governments and the associations of rationing shopkeepers in order to provide alternative income options to the rationing shopkeepers. In this background, the state government has decided to allow banking transactions in rationing shops. In 2018, the central government has made India Post Payment Bank service available across the country through the post office. On the same lines, the state government has now approved the provision of services of nationalized banks, private banks and India Post Payment Bank through ration shops. This decision will provide cashless transaction, payment, payment, RTGS, loan facility. This service will be provided through OTP and biometric system. All banking transactions in ration shops will be 100 percent digital. Ration shopkeepers will have an opportunity to work on a regular monthly income. This work will be voluntary. The agreement in this regard will be between the concerned bank and the ration shopkeeper.

Banks should appoint nodal officers at district level for banking transactions in ration shops. It has been mentioned in the GR that agreements should be made with ration shopkeepers and these services should be made available. This decision will provide more business to the banks and help increase the income of the ration shopkeepers. Also, since the public distribution system in the state is strong, citizens will also have more options for banking transactions.

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