COVID-19 impact: Ahmedabad to adopt digital payments for all purchases


COVID-19 impact: Ahmedabad to adopt digital payments for all purchases

India’s one of the badly affected city by COVID-19, Ahmedabad has decided to adopt digital payments for all purchases which includes home delivery orders to prevent possible spread of the infection through currency notes.


As a strategy for post-lockdown period, all retail and home delivery agencies have been contacted and asked to get 100 percent screening of their delivery staff, according to an order.


As a precaution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus through currency notes,   


As per the order issued by Gujarat Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar Gupta, it has been made mandatory to accept digital payments through Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and other platforms.


From May 15, all home deliveries will have to be paid digitally and no cash on delivery will be accepted, the order stated. Gupta is also in-charge of coronavirus-related work in Ahmedabad.


As per the order, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will form 100 teams, who will help 17,000 retail shops of vegetables, fruits, milk, and groceries etc to get online payment app installed on their mobile phones.


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


With regard to home delivery, the order said that a health card will be issued by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation 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.

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