Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, recently issued a directive to the official of his ministry to achieve 100% cashless working in all its transactions within 15 days. In a meeting with senior officials of the Ministry and PSUs, the Minister reviewed “Cashless Working” in all transactions being made by Department of Food, Consumer Affairs and PSUs.
In the review meeting with senior officials, the Paswan was informed that all the foodgrains procurement operations of FCI are cashless. Payments are being made through cheques and RTGs. Similarly Consumer Affairs Department has procured pulses of Rs 703 crore during current Kharif season by making online payments. In the meeting, the minister also directed his officials to issue an advisory to the State Governments to promote cashless transactions at Ration Shops also by installing card readers in POS machines.