Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation introduces Janmitra Cards

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has tied up with a central bill clearance system provider and a private bank in Gujarat to provide cashless transactions for its services and utilities. The provider has already installed its machines at 73 different locations of AMC.
In a bid to provide facilities of cashless transaction, the AMC has not only installed machines which would accept credit cards, but has also come out with its own Janmitra card. AMC has already begun issuing the Janmitra cards on pilot basis. They plan to launch the card in a big way from April 1, 2017, said Nilay Mehta the CEO of the company which has tied up with AMC. The AMC prepaid card can be used not only for paying bus tickets but can also be used for paying charges at AMC amusement parks and even for paying taxes and bills of the civic body.

Nilay said that his company has tied up with the AMC and has installed central bill clearance system machines at 73 location which include the Kankaria lake front, Sabarmati Riverfront, and civic centres across the city. Rahil Patel a COO of the company, said, "The AMC also plans to give 10% discount to those using the card. For travel in AMTS and BRTS a person can get 10% discount, while he can even get discount for paying the taxes through cards."

AMC to help informal market vendors and slum dwellers to open bank accounts

Beginning Wednesday nearly 10 banks will assist Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to open bank accounts for roadside vendors and slum dwellers in 58 localities of the city. This is the first such multi-pronged effort by municipal bodies in Gujarat to expedite opening of savings bank accounts of these people. "We want to rope in slum dwellers, daily wagers, grocery shop owners, small time provision store operators for cashless transactions," said a senior AMC official. The official added, "In the upcoming budget the Union government will also launch a monetary social welfare scheme for unemployed, for which a bank account is a must."

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