The Goa Police is on its way to going cashless from the end of this month to support the cashless society which is the initiative of the central government. According to the sources in Goa police, if everything goes as planned in the next month or two all the traffic violations can be paid using debit/credit cards or through a mobile phone app.
It looks like as if the cashless society, an initiative of Modi government has started taking shape in Goa. Every government organization is on its way to becoming the part of cashless society. The Goa Tourism Department has already announced its plans to go 100 percent cashless by end of this month and now the police department is also on its way to becoming cashless.
According to the sources, Goa Police is all set to go cashless in coming month or two and all the challans will be accepted only in the form of debit/credit card payments. The one who does not have cards can also make the payment with the help of the mobile app, said the sources.
The sources have revealed that the Goa Police authorities have held a meeting with bank officials to discuss the formalities of switching over to the cashless transactions. The training will start for officers as well as subordinate police personnel from the next week to create the awareness on the functionality of cashless transactions.
The DIG, Mr. V Gupta told the media that, once the police personnel goes through training they can help educate the general public on the cashless economy. “The police personnel can educate the general public thereafter.” Gupta further said that cashless payments “will make the system more transparent”. “We will implement it as soon as possible. To start with, we have chosen the traffic cell. The fines incurred in traffic violations (challans) can be paid electronically in the future,” he said.
According to the sources in Goa police, once the cashless model becomes successful with the traffic police, it will be introduced into the other divisions of the police department such as the FRRO, police stations, other police units and an even administrative section where fees or challans are paid.
The sources have also revealed that the police department has already made tie ups with various nationalized and private banks in the state for the purpose of the cashless transaction. Sources said that, for making payment through mobile, one has to register the mobile number with the bank under the central government’s ‘unified payment interference’.
It may be recalled that on November 26, the Indian Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar had announced that Goa will be India’s first cashless state in India and is on its way to becoming the reality soon. The sources have informed that the Cash transactions will not be banned completely, but the government will push hard for the adoption of digital modes of payment across the state, from large transactions to ones involving small-time vendors.