Telangana Government to buy card swipe machines for all temples
Hyderabad: In Telangana addition to encourage cashless transactions the Endowment Department will procure point-of-sale swipe units in all temples and upgrade the official websites to have payment gateways.
Following Chief Minister of Telangana State K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s announcement on the implementation of cashless transactions and Endowment Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy held a series of discussions with officials and executive officers from leading temples.
Mr. Reddy told this newspaper that in view of demonetisation of old Rs.500/- and Rs.1,000/- notes denominations and shortage of cash at banks and ATMs. The government will provide infrastructure for setting up a cashless transaction schemes at major temples.
“In stage one will select the temples like Yadadri, Bhadradri, Kaleswaram, Vemulawada, Kondagattu and Basara. We will implement the system in other temples by phase wise” he said. He said facilities like booking cottages, darshan tickets, special poojas, donations, payment at prasadam counters and at kalyanakatta would go cashless transactions only.
“Except offering hundi donations we shall offer all services through cashless transaction system. In two days, we will hold a final meeting to announce the system,” he said.
An official from the Endowment Department told that with the coordination of the information technology department and all the EOs from major temples would upgrade websites. Executive officers from major temples had already approached bankers for PoS units.