Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation pushes Digital Payment to promote contactless operations

From May 15, 2020, all home deliveries will have to be paid digitally and no cash on delivery will be accepted.

In an all-out battle against the covid-19 fight, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to completely push digitised payment to prevent the spread of covid-19 cases through physical contact.

“As an abundant caution to prevent the spread of coronavirus through currency notes, it has been made mandatory to accept digital payments through Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and other platforms,” according to the order issued on Monday by Rajiv Kumar Gupta, additional chief secretary, Government of Gujarat, who is in charge of coronavirus-related work in Ahmedabad.

From May 15, all home deliveries will have to be paid digitally and no cash on delivery will be accepted, the order stated.

As part of the preparatory strategy post-lockdown period, the administration said that all retail and home delivery agencies have been contacted and asked to get 100 percent screening of their delivery staff.

As per the order, the AMC will form at least 100 teams, who will help 17,000 retail shops of vegetables, fruits, milk and groceries to get online payment apps installed on their mobile phones.

Besides, they will also provide technical support and popularise payment through the UPI system.

This would prevent infection transmission through currency notes as some medical reports suggested that the new coronavirus survives on paper for many days.

With regard to home delivery, the order said that a health card will be issued by the AMC valid for seven days to delivery persons and all such staff will have to compulsorily download Aarogya Setu app on their mobiles.

Besides, delivery persons will have to use hand gloves, sanitation cap, and sanitiser and follow social distancing norms, it said.

(Source: ET Government)

Ahmedabad, one of the coronavirus most-affected cities in India after Mumbai with 5,818 positive cases as of Sunday.