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PM Modi’s campaign makes Parliament canteen go cashless

The plastic cards for payments were ushered in Parliament on Wednesday, just two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning for a “cashless economy” these days fumed on Monday when some MPs complained that canteens in Parliament do not have any facility to pay except in cash and refuse to give back change if they pay in new Rs 2,000 currency notes for food and snacks.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan went around 17 spots in the Parliament House to inaugurate the digital payment facility in all canteens and later tweeted with photographs: “inaugurating the Point of Sale (POS) facility for cashless transaction in the canteens of Parliament House.”

The new facility may, however, kick off only by Friday or next Monday as Parliament Food Committee chairman Jithendra Reddy said it will take three days to train the staff to use the machines to be ready to make the cashless transaction, giving a choice to MPs, journalists and staff to pay either in cash or through credit/debit cards.

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