People who have availed cooking gas connections from Indane gas in Tamil Nadu can soon make payments to the gas company through cashless transactions. All the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) agents in the state shall carry swiping machines along with them while delivering gas cylinders. This initiative will take effect from the 1st of January, 2017.
Banks shall provide the swiping machines to the delivery personnel. According to a PTI report, a senior official from Indane Gas stated, "As part of the Government's resolution to reduce the usage of cash, all the LPG agents will be provided swiping machines, starting from 1st January, 2017." On the condition of anonymity, he also said, "Orders had already been placed with the banks for the supply of swiping machines.The delivery boys would carry the machines along with the LPG cylinders."
With demonetisation taking up its own course across the country, the citizens of India are still struggling to make their way successfully to ATMs and collect cash. It is evident that not all the ATM centres in the country are available for transactions, while the ones that are available go out of cash within a few hours. All the banks in the country are often making consecutive trips to their corresponding ATM machines for the refilling of cash.
With the term 'Cashless economy' becoming popular and slowly turning itself into a reality, a lot of minor businesses like fast food joints and small shops have started to receive money from their customers through online payment platforms such as Paytm and Freecharge. While the concept of demonetisation possesses its own pros and cons, the entire financial system in the country does seem to be changing and going digital.
Under these circumstances, this is going to be a much appreciated initiative by Indane Gas and the Government of Tamil Nadu.